Driverless cars set to grace UK’s public roads

The UK government will announce plans today to permit driver-less cars on public roads as early as January 2015.
So far, worries about legal and insurance issues have restricted autonomous vehicles to private roads.

Now, however, as part of its plan to signal that Britain can be a leader in such technology, the government wants to update the law to ensure that driver-less cars can take to the streets.

The move will require a change in the Highway Code and brings the UK in line with countries such as Japan, Germany and Singapore.

In the US, driver-less cars have been tested on public roads for months, with Google's fleet of autonomous vehicles racking up more than 300,000 miles in California alone.

All of the major automotive manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, General Motors, Ford and Toyota are also working towards their own production models.


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