Driverless cars will be trialled on British motorways in 2017
The British government has confirmed that auto manufacturers will be allowed to test their autonomous vehicles on UK motorways from 2017, as Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne says Britain “must take bold decisions”.
As auto firms worldwide compete for driverless car victory, governments across the globe recognise the financial benefits of implementing the necessary infrastructure and legislature that will allow these pioneering companies the chance to test their autonomous cars in the right environment.
Experts expect the global market for driverless vehicles to be worth £900bn ($1.3 trillion) by 2025 and Chancellor George Osborne knows the UK must encourage development and innovation in order to “lead the world” in autonomous vehicle technology.
Driverless cars are being developed by companies across the globe, including Jaguar Land Rover and Nissan in the UK; Google in the US; and BMW and Mercedes in Germany, where the government has announced that a section of the A9 autobahn, running between Berlin and Munich, will be used for an autonomous vehicle project.
Auto firms developing driverless car technology in the UK will not have to wait until 2017 to test their driverless cars on non-motorway roads; the government says it is to change regulations which means companies can test on roads this year.
In 2017, Highway England will take control of the motorway trials, ensuring that safety measures are implemented and abided by.
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