The UK government has today announced that they will be commencing testing of driverless cars on UK public roads by the end of 2013, after trials of the cars have gone well on private land.
Unveiled by the Department for Transport, the tests will be part of a £28 billion investment in British roads that aims to reduce congestion, with the aim of using these cars to make the roads a safer place.
However for now the cars will only be used on lightly used rural and suburban roads in their semi-autonomous mode, which allows human passengers to intervene if needs be.
The team of Oxford University researchers who developed and tested the cars told the BBC that “It’s a great area to be working in because it’s IT and computers and that’s what changes things. The British government sees that engineering is important.”
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