Driverless Cars On UK Roads

Driverless Cars have been Officially Allowed on UK Roads for the First Time!

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By The Acclaim Team on 11th February 2015 in News

Driverless Cars Are Being Officially Trialled On UK Roads For The First Time In 4 Towns & Cities

 Drivers will be passengers in their own cars by 2030, a Government Report Has Predicted

Driverless cars are being officially trialled on UK roads for the first time as the Government considers changes to the Highway Code to allow them to be used by the general public.

The aim is that by 2030, the technology is expected to reach a level of safety to allow all drivers to effectively become passengers in their own cars,  You will be able to work, talk to friends on your mobile phones, text, or use the internet  as they are being driven around.

Greenwich, in London, Milton Keynes, Bristol and Coventry.

Claire Perry, for the Department of Transport said: “Driverless cars are the future. I want Britain to be at the forefront of this exciting new technology, to embrace this technology could transform UK roads and open up a brand new route for global investment."

The Government is pushing for the UK to become a world leader in this technology, which is being spearheaded by Google and some of the biggest vehicle manufacturers in the world.

Google has been testing its own driverless car for years around its headquarters in California, and Google believes the technology could be mainstream and on the roads by 2020.

Cameras and sensors detect traffic and objects, they plot movements as the car moves, but current prototypes have had difficulty dealing with bad weather, potholes, temporary traffic lights and recognising Police Officers.

The Government has put £19 million funding in into the current UK trials, it is hoped that these vehicles will boost British manufacturing.

Tests are also being run in Bristol to see if driverless cars can reduce congestion, make roads safer and what legal implications might be with the use of these cars.

In Greenwich they are carrying out tests using driverless passenger shuttle vehicles as well as autonomous valet parking for adapted cars.  This is being carried out by the Transport Research Laboratory, in conjunction with General Motors, the AA and the RAC.

The tests have been enabled by a Government Review that has revealed that  there is no legal barrier to the testing of automated vehicles on public roads here  in the UK.

One of several  areas to explore are around the issue of criminal and civil liability in the event of a driverless vehicle being in a road traffic accident.

The Government plan to consider whether a higher standard of driving should be demanded of automated vehicles than would be expected from human beings.

I am pleased to say that during the current trials, driverless cars will still have a fully-qualified driver ready to take control of the vehicle if necessary.

The new technology could mean people could get on with their work or relax while on any journey in their car.

 

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