Driverless cars may arrive on Britain’s roads in around 20 years and a Government minister is pushing for a change in law to help make this a reality (The Economic Times).
David Willetts (pictured), minister for universities and science, says that he has persuaded the DfT to relax regulations to allow an Oxford University team to test a self-drive vehicle on public roads.
The move is expected to pave the way for such cars to hit the roads within 20 years, according to The Economic Times.
David Willetts told the Sunday Times: “In California they have a regulatory regime in place that permits these cars to operate on public roads. The DfT is now going to introduce a regulatory regime that makes that possible here.”
Mr Willetts, who oversees technology policy, has tested Google’s driverless car on highways in California and wants British scientists to have the same freedom.
The Oxford University-based RobotCar project uses a modified electric Nissan Leaf fitted with a combination of cameras and high-tech laser sensors which help to control everything from steering to direction-indicating.
Malcolm McCulloch, at the RobotCar base, said: “Driverless cars will happen, they are an inevitability. Much of the technology is already in existing vehicles.”
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