England Will Welcome Driverless Cars on Public Roads
One of the United States' least favorite automotive trends – the driverless car – took a major step towards becoming an export with the announcement England is paving the way for them. Look for them on right-hand drive roads as early as next year. The United Kingdom's Department of Transport is ready to make autonomous vehicles hit the roads by 2015. According to AutoExpress, British Business Secretary Vince Cable (pictured below) "has launched a review to look at current road regulations to establish how the UK can ensure that the cars can be tested thoroughly. Up until now they have only been able to be tested on private roads."
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The article said, "Two areas of driverless car tech will be covered in the reviews: those with a qualified driver who can take control of the driverless car and fully autonomous vehicles with no driver present. UK cities can also now bid for a share of a £10 million competition to host the driveless car trials. Up to three cities will be selected to begin trials from January 2015, with each project expected to last between 18 and 36 months." MIRA, located in Great Britain, is already developing military self-driving vehicles.
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The Christian Science Monitor says the UK has some catching up to do. "The US is much farther down the road. Google has been road testing its autonomous cars since 2012 with more than 300,000 miles of driverless car testing. Nevada, California, and Florida have already enacted legislation for the operation of autonomous vehicles on public roads," the article reports.