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Driverless cars to hit public British roads in early 2015

Autonomous vehicles will begin running on Britain's public roads as early as 2015, with the UK also making funds available to researchers in the sector.

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Published Wed, Jul 30 2014 2:00 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Driverless cars should be on public roads in Britain by January 2015, according to an official announcement made by the UK's business secretary Vince Cable.

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Three cities will be selected by the Technology Strategy Board to trial the autonomous vehicles, lasting up to 36 months. Meanwhile, Britain's government is making 10 million pounds - or 17 million dollars - available as an official fund for research in the sector, made possible by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Transport. Additionally, research institutions will be able to apply for a chunk of the money.

"The excellence of our scientists and engineers has established the UK as pioneers in the development of driverless vehicles through pilot projects," business secretary Vince Cable said. "Today's announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society."

NEWS SOURCE:independent.co.uk

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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