A new EU treaty means automated vehicles could be on European roads long before the US gives the go-ahead, making Europe the pioneer in this amazing new technology.
The UK will start trialing driverless cars in January, 2015!
UK Business Secretary Vince Cable stated in July:
"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."
Following this announcement British civil servants have been given a deadline to publish a new review of road regulations - until the end of this year.
In addition, the following developments have occurred:
- £10m fund created in the UK to cover costs of driverless car trials in 3 cities.
- 100 driverless cars will soon be tested in the city of Gothenburg in Sweden.
- Cities in Belgium, France and Italy are also planning transport systems for driverless cars.
What do YOU think about driverless cars?
Will they make our roads safer, or will they cause more accidents?
Will they boost the economy and allow Europe to grow in the engineering and scientific sectors, or will they be a drain on budgets?
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