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Driverless cars get ready for UK roads

Innovate UK has announced the four UK locations picked to test driverless cars.

Bristol and Greenwich will each host a project of their own, while Coventry and Milton Keynes will share a third. 

The news was announced yesterday after George Osborne's Autumn Statement, who pledged an additional £10million for the work. 

Formal trials lasting between 18 and 36 months will begin at the four locations next month. 

Innovate UK said the projects would help lead to greater understanding of the vehicles and allow the public to see how they will fit into everyday life. 

Nick Jones, the organisation's lead technologist for the low carbon vehicle innovation platform, said: "Cars that drive themselves would represent the most significant transformation in road travel since the introduction of the internal combustion engine. 

However, he stressed the importance of carrying out the trials safely to ensure public confidence in the technology. "It's vital that we learn everything we can through the trials so that legal, regulation and protection issues don't get in the way in the future," he concluded."

Laura Hopperton

Source:  www.newelectronics.co.uk

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