Self-driving cars to be trialed on British roads

By the end of 2013, the UK government will be testing driverless cars on public roads, the UK government has announced.

The department for Transport unveiled the plans in a blueprint, and are part of a £28bn investment to reduce congestion of British roads.

The autonomous vehicles will be tested on rural and suburban roads by Oxford University researchers. Prof Paul Newman, who leads the Oxford team, told the BBC: “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.”

Three states in the US – Nevada, Florida and California – have already passed legislation around autonomous cars.

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