The UK government announced yesterday that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads from January next year.
It also invited cities to compete to host one of three trials of the tech, which would start at the same time.
In addition, ministers ordered a review of the UK’s road regulations to provide appropriate guidelines. UK engineers have been experimenting with driverless cars but concerns about legal and insurance issues have so far restricted the machines to private roads.
The term driverless cars tends to refer to vehicles that take charge of steering ,accelerating, indicating and braking during most if not all of a journey between two points, much in the same way aeroplanes can be set to autopilot. Unlike the skies, however, the roads are much more crowded, and a range of technologies are being developed to tackle the problem.