New legislation is to be drawn up to allow driverless cars on Britain’s roads, according to MailOnline.
MailOnline says that “ministers admit the current Highway Code and rules of the road are inadequate for the new generation of vehicles which pilot themselves”.
The article says that the Government “wants to ensure that Britain is not overtaken by Google’s drive to see its cars used legally on the streets of California”.
Google has recently unveiled its ‘hands-free’ self-driving bubble car which has no steering wheel, brake or accelerator pedals, just buttons for start, pull over and emergency stop and a computer screen showing the route.
Google plans to have prototypes ready to test later this summer and says the goal is for the car to ‘shoulder the entire burden of driving’.
A British version of a driverless car is being developed in Oxford, but Google has clocked up more road miles with its version.
According to MailOnline, David Willetts, minister for universities and science, is in talks with the DfT about rewriting the law to allow cars on to UK highways without anyone in the driving seat.
Mr Willetts said: “We are one of the world leaders in this. There is British technology, and it’s a lot cheaper than the Google technology.
“But whereas the Google car, they have notched up more miles, so we have got to ensure that the British has its own opportunity to get tested in a wider range of environments and that’s what we are working on with the DfT.”