The Uk government is going to outline its measures it intends to put in place to permit driverless cars to drive on public roads next year (2015)
At the moment , autonomous vehicles are currently only allowed to drive on private roads and property.
The department for transport at a previous time pledged to allow self driving cars to ave a trial period in 2013.
In December the treasury said it would create a £10m prize to fund a town or city to become the testing ground for the new technology.
The government wants to signal that Britian can be a leader in such technology , and the business secretary will announce measure to boost the research massively.
In the national infrastructure plan of 2013 , chancellor George Osborne outlined his goal to ensure that the legislative and regulary framework demonstrates to the worlds car companies that the UK is the right place to develop and test these new type of car.
Uk engineers , which include a group at Oxford University , have been experimenting with driverless cars. However concerns about legal and insurance issues have currently so far limited the cars to private roads.
Automotive firm MIRA has tested its vehicles at an 850-acre site in the midlands.
Other countries however have been swifter to allow them on the public roads.
In the US California, Nevada and Florida have already paved the way for the vehicles. In California alone ,googles driverless car has done more than 300,000 on open road.
In 2013 Nissan carried out Japans first public road test on a highway.
Swedish city Gothenburg Is to allow 1000 volvo cars to take to the road by 2017
In may google unveiled plans to manufacture 100 self driving cars.
The search-behemoth exhibited a prototype which has no steering wheel or pedals just a big stop button.
Google has also put its own technology in Toyota and lexus cars.
Bmw, Mercedes,Nissan and general motors are all doing their own models.
Automated parking is among the innovations which is being introduced.
However concerns about the safety of the cars has been raised by polititions.
Earlier this month the FBI warned that the cars could be used as lethal weapons “ will have high impact on transforming what law enforcement and its adversaries can operationally do with a car”
My thoughts on the matter are two things really.
- It’s a brilliant piece of technology that will save thousands of people each year from drink driving , or being too tired to drive and killing people. It will mean you never will get lost again and that you can do other things on the way to work in the morning other than driving , hopefully it would also take out human error in driving.
- It’s a terrible idea because it can be used by terrorists to plant bombs and then drive them pretty much remotely to a location and then all they need to do is press the detonator , they don’t even need to be in the car!
Give me your thoughts on this below !