Driverless cars to be on UK roads by the end of 2013

Plans have been unveiled by the UK department of transport to allow fully autonomous cars to be tested on public roads in the UK by the end of the year. The vehicles will be required to have a safety driver for now but with camera’s and computers with accuracies beyond that of a human it is likely they will more for the public’s piece of mind than for safety.

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Google have been leading the way and have covered more than 300,000 miles in the US in their converted Prius vehicles. Similar tests in the UK will be undertaken by Oxford University initially on quiet country roads.

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Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (www.treethinker.org); a business converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally as well as providing education on organic and permaculture techniques. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (www.etymologyotd.com).

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