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Britain to start testing driverless cars on public roads next year

Driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in trial program beginning in January

July 30, 2014  by The Associated Press

LONDON—British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January.

Officials said the tests will last as long as three years.

Sensors and cameras will guide the cars.

The plan will include two types of driverless technology: One places a driver in the car who can take the controls if needed; another calls for a fully autonomous vehicle with no driver present.


Transport Minister Claire Perry said driverless cars could transform Britain’s road network and improve safety and traffic flow while reducing carbon emissions.

The cities to test the system will be chosen in a competition.

Other countries, including Japan and the United States, are already developing driverless technology.

Late last year, Volvo announced it would roll out a fleet of 100 driverless cars in the Swedish city of Gothenburg by 2017.

With files from Staff

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