UK plans road reform to allow driverless cars

British MP David Willets has opened a discussion to change road laws, to make self-driving cars legal.

Tamlin Magee
Published Mon, Jun 9 2014 4:04 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The United Kingdom is tinkering with its existing laws to allow self-driving cars onto British roads.

UK plans road reform to allow driverless cars |

MP and transport minister David Willets has apparently been talking with Britain's Department for Transport to make self-driving cars road safe in Britain.

The aim is to get British companies designing and building driverless cars - as well as getting roads ready for the upcoming push for the technology.

The likes of Google are heavily investing time and money in self driving cars but time will tell whether they become a commonly used mode of transport.

But the logic is clear: if they do take off the way their biggest advocates are hoping - it's probably for the best if they're road legal.


Tamlin Magee is based in London. His name can be found around the web and in print, and he's mostly interested in the ways the rapid rate of technological development is affecting us and our surroundings.

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