By announcing a £20m fund designed to help businesses develop driverless cars and propose ideas for a code of practice, the government hopes to make Britain the destination of choice for manufacturers to test autonomous technology.
"The excellence of our scientists and engineers has established the UK as a pioneer in the development of driverless vehicles through pilot projects,” Vince Cable said in 2014. Since then we've all been waiting with bated breath to hear what the automative industry will be up to next, when testing will proceed and what the government's plans truly are. And today the driverless car is not as far off as you may think.
Over the next six years, the emergence of self-aware vehicles could fundamentally impact transportation, mobility and society.
There are only a few minutes before your flight check-in closes, or before your train departs, but you now have to spend precious time hunting for a free space at the airport or station car park. Now, imagine leaving your vehicle at the main entrance and letting the car do the rest on its own.
It's official, the UK has a driverless future in sight! The government is set to outline measures to permit driverless cars to use public roads by 2015.