UK will Test Driverless Vehicles on its Roads This Year

Jul 17 2013, 4:10am CDT | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

UK will Test Driverless Vehicles on its Roads This Year

UK is ready to start testing self-driving vehicles by the end of the year. Though it seems hard to believe, these robotic cars are said to be better and safer than ordinary human-driven vehicles.

The government has given permission to road-test self-driving vehicles in certain spacious areas in the UK by the end of 2013. Paradoxically, the vehicles which employ artificial intelligence are more secure and less of a public hazard than normal cars. According to BBC News, the traffic problem may be controlled via this methodology too. It is actually part of a 50 billion pound investment for the reconstruction of the roads of Great Britain.

Already in the United States, several states have opted for this choice. Nevada, California and Florida are three key players in the robotic car gambit. Michigan is thinking about it. Meanwhile, automakers such as Nissan, Audi and Toyota have shown more than a passing interest in the phenomenon. Even Google seems to have jumped on the bandwagon.

A driverless car doesn’t necessary mean that there will be no driver inside. For now, most of these cars have a provisional driver who can intervene were things to go wrong. The cars use sensors, lasers and cameras to maneuver around corners and travel in the right direction. There are even radios attached which allow the vehicles to remain in touch with each other.

This resembles the platooning system which was launched last year in Spain. While it is affirmed that the implementation of the whole thing lies a generation away, the UK is proud to be at the forefront of the experiment in vehicular change.

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