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Driverless Cars to get Green Light


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Driverless Cars to get Green Light

Driverless cars will be allowed on UK’s motorways in 2017 with tests on a small number of roads set to start in the next few months the Government is expected to announce this week.

The first trials will be reportedly take place in Milton Keynes, Bristol, Coventry and Greenwich before further testing on 70mph carriageways is carried out later on in the year.

Chancellor George Osborne is keen see the UK take an active role in new driverless car technology and hopes it will ‘revolutionise motoring by 2020’.

The aim of driverless cars is to make roads safer by alerting motorists to accidents and traffic jams but the manufacturing of the new vehicles could also increase UK employment and productivity.

Driverless trucks will be tested on motorways on stretches of the M6 near Carlisle which includes ‘truck platooning’ which means lorries travel in convoys to improve fuel consumption. Driverless trucks are likely to be on UK roads this year.

The autonomous driving market is estimated to be worth £9billion but there are many legal requirements to overcome such as motor insurance and determining who would be responsible in the event of an accident. In theory, as some reports suggest, car manufacturers could be responsible for any crashes.

The Government has previously said that driverless car testing would be restricted to vehicles with one person who would be able to take control if a problem arised.

Car manufacturers including Jaguar, Nissan and Land Rover and tech companies such as Google (pictured), are already investing billions of pounds into the technology.

It is estimated that driverless cars could decrease the number of accidents on roads by 95 per cent, reduce congestion and improve journey times. The Government believes driverless cars could be in widespread use by the 2020.
 

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