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Britain to trial driverless cars from next year

Published on Jul 30, 2014 8:08 PM
 
A file photo taken on January 8, 2014 shows a Valeo representative swiping his finger across an iPhone to initiate a self-parking demonstration during a driverless car demo at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. Driverless cars will be allowed on British roads from January 2015 as part of a pilot initiative in three cities, the government announced Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Driverless cars will be allowed on British roads from January 2015 as part of a pilot initiative in three cities, the government announced Wednesday.

Cities nationwide are being invited to bid to host one of a series of trials that will last between 18 and 36 months, and to receive a share of the £10 million (S$21.06 million) of government funding for the scheme.

Driverless vehicles, guided by a system of sensors and cameras, have already been tested in several countries, including the United States and Japan, with Sweden set to follow.

Business Secretary Vince Cable, outlining the plans, said British scientists and engineers were "pioneers" in the development of driverless vehicles.

 
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