CARS that can drive themselves could be on our roads within the next year, according to the government.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the technology would make our roads safer and create jobs, and millions of pounds would be made available.
Shapps said: “The benefits have huge potential – improved access to education and other services and the creation of tens of thousands of jobs.
“Most importantly, they aim to make our roads safer by reducing the risk of driver error in collisions.
“We want to be at the forefront of this fantastic technology. That is why we are investing millions in safety research and legislation.”
The introduction of the technology is believed to create around 38,000 jobs in the UK and add £42 billion to the economy.
The Government confirmed £100m has been allocated to get the technology and infrastructure up and running.
The catch is that not everyone can get in a car and have a ride – you still need a driver’s license.
That’s because self-driving technology will only be operational on some highways, and the driver will need to take control of the car on smaller roads.
Only features like lane keeping technology will be legal initially, with greater autonomy allowing drivers to check email or watch TV coming in 2025.
By the same year, some buses and delivery vehicles should also be able to drive without a driver.
Edmund King, President of the AA, said: “The Government is right to welcome the positive changes this will bring.
“Assisted driving systems like autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are already helping millions stay safe on the roads.
“But it’s still a pretty big leap from assisted driving, where the driver is still in control, to autonomous driving, where the car takes control.
“It’s important for the government to study how these vehicles would interact with other road users.”
https://www.the-sun.com/motors/6032463/self-driving-on-our-roads-within-the-next-year/ Self-driving cars could be on our roads within the next YEAR — but there’s a catch