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Old 02-11-2015, 06:20 AM   #1
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Driverless cars on UK roads from today

Trials to get underway in four towns and cities

TRIALS of driverless cars on UK roads begin today.

A driverless passenger shuttle will undertake its first trial in Greenwich, London.

Transport Minister Claire Perry and Business Secretary Vince Cable will be in Greenwich to witness the event and unveil a driverless 'pod' to be trialed in Milton Keynes and Coventry. They will also be shown a BAE Wildcat driverless jeep to be trialled in Bristol.

It comes as a six-month government review concludes the trials can legally go ahead, with possible changes needed to the Highway Code.

The government also plans to allow industry to test driverless cars ‘in 'real-life scenarios’, under a code of practice to be published this spring.

Ms Perry said: ‘Driverless cars are the future. I want Britain to be at the forefront of this exciting new development, to embrace a technology that could transform our roads and open up a brand new route for global investment.’

‘These are still early days but today is an important step. The trials present a fantastic opportunity for this country to take a lead internationally in the development of this new technology.’

Mr Cable said: ‘The projects we are now funding in Greenwich, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Coventry will help to ensure we are world-leaders in this field and able to benefit from what is expected to be a £900 billion industry by 2025.’
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