UK to Let Driverless Cars Take the Road

Test period could last 3 years

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 30, 2014 8:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – The UK is the latest country to allow driverless cars to hit the highway. The country will start allowing the cars on public roads beginning in January, the BBC reports. California, Florida, and Nevada have already let driverless cars zoom through the streets, as has Japan. Britain will start with a testing period that could last three years, the AP adds. Some of the cars will have drivers on hand just in case; others won't be carrying anyone. The country is also rewriting its road rules to accommodate the vehicles.

The interior of a driverless car during testing at the headquarters of motor industry research organization MIRA at Nuneaton in the West Midlands, England, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin...
The interior of a driverless car during testing at the headquarters of motor industry research organization MIRA at Nuneaton in the West Midlands, England, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. British officials...   (AP Photo/PA, Rui Vieira)
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