Authorities in United Kingdom have approved a plan for testing autonomous vehicles on public roads.

Starting this summer, UK will be the place where driverless cars will conduct legal testing and according to the Department for Transport (DfT) these autonomous vehicles will have at least one person inside in case of an emergency situation where manual control will be a necessity. The local government has provided £19 million funding for a competition to develop driverless cars as Transport Minister Claire Perry wants UK "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."

The UK government predicts driverless car industry will worth about £900 billion by 2025 and obviously they want a big piece of the action. The first official trials will take place in Greenwhich with a fully autonomous Meridian shuttle while a prototype of a driverless pod will be tested in Milton Keynes. Other driverless vehicles will be part of the testing, including the BAE wildcat pictured above which will be tested in Bristol.

Gallery: United Kingdom legally approves driverless car testing

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