New driverless car trials will start in the UK in January of 2015, and the trials will begin in four cities throughout the UK, which includes Greenwich in South East London, Milton Keynes, Bristol and Coventry.
These new trials of driverless cars will last between 18 and 36 months, and one of the aims of the trials is to see how technology needs to develop and how people interact with autonomous vehicles.
Nick Jones, lead technologist at Innovate UK, said: “Cars that drive themselves would represent the most significant transformation in road travel since the introduction of the internal combustion engine and at Innovate UK, we want to help the UK to lead the world in making that happen.
“There are so many new and exciting technologies that can come together to make driverless cars a reality, but it’s vital that trials are carried out safely, that the public have confidence in that technology and we learn everything we can through the trials so that legal, regulation and protection issues don’t get in the way in the future.”
Obviously ensuring that safety is a high priority for the trial, and it will be interesting to see the results, which could lead to more wide spread trials of driverless cars in the UK.