With what sounds like the chiming of a new age of motoring, the ‘future’ may not be as far away as some might think. A number of sources predict the forthcoming UK budget announcements will clear the way for driverless cars and include a possible £400m for electric car charging points and £100m to boost clean car sales, which we can assume will include incentives for electric and hybrid vehicles.
It is said that Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce on Wednesday that driverless cars will be allowed to be tested without any human operator inside or outside the car, signaling a potential change in the legal constraints and rules that apply in many other EU nations, and much of the US.
Of course, the current legal constrictions on autonomous vehicles will need to be re-hauled, to allow the UK to become a world leader in self-driving cars. A significant increase in driver-less cars has been reported within the sector of late with the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors confirming trials of self-driving vehicles on public roads for the first time. The plans will help the UK operate in-line with countries such as America and Singapore, who have been keen in leading the way with this research.
Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has been reported as saying “We support government’s measures to make the UK one of the best places in the world to develop, test and sell connected and autonomous vehicles. These vehicles will transform our roads and society, dramatically reducing accidents and saving thousands of lives every year, while adding billions of pounds to the economy. We look forward to continuing industry’s collaboration with government to ensure the UK can be among the first to grasp the benefits of this exciting new technology.”
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(source information: The Guardian.com / Autocar.co.uk)