The first trial of driverless cars will take place on Britain’s roads later this year as part of the Government’s £28 billion road strategy, according to the Telegraph.
Oxford University researchers have been working with Nissan on the technology. The team has already tested a car on a private road but has now been granted permission for trials on roads with other traffic.
Although the cars will drive themselves, a back-up driver will be in the car as a safety precaution. Initially, the cars will be tested on lightly used rural and suburban roads.
Underpinning the trials is the belief that cars – which already have an array of collision avoidance systems – can be made even safer, reports the Telegraph.
Google has already tested driverless cars in the USA.
In Oxford, scientists have adapted a Nissan Leaf. The robot car is capable of running on a predetermined familiar route, although the driver can reassert control by tapping on the brakes.
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