Thursday, 21 August 2014

UK green-lights driverless car tests in 2015 . . .


UK green-lights driverless car tests in 2015 

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Nevada also issues special red license plates for autonomous vehicles, includes infinity symbol.Following the lead of the United States, the United Kingdom has announced that it will allow driverless cars to be tested on British roads starting in January 2015.

In a Wednesday announcement, the UK Department of Transportation said that up to three cities would be selected to host trials. They will be awarded a total of nearly $17 million to cover the costs of such tests.

“Driverless cars have huge potential to transform the UK’s transport network—they could improve safety, reduce congestion and lower emissions, particularly CO2,” Transport Minister Claire Perry said in a statement. “We are determined to ensure driverless cars can fulfill this potential, which is why we are actively reviewing regulatory obstacles to create the right framework for trialling these vehicles on British roads.”

If this trial goes ahead as scheduled, it would be the first location within Europe to allow these robot cars. The BBC reported that Gothenburg, Sweden, has given Volvo permission to test 100 driverless cars—but that trial is not scheduled to occur until 2017.

Only California, Nevada, and Florida have also given the green light for driverless cars to hit their roads.

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