UK to Let Driverless Cars Take the Road
Test period could last 3 years
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 30, 2014 8:39 AM CDT
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)

(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.

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Aug 19, 2014 1:16 PM CDT
Does that mean they'll finally have the steering wheel on the left side?
Aug 14, 2014 10:53 AM CDT
Autonomous cars are the perfect punishment for dangerous and clueless drivers. Is someone blocking the passing lane consistently? Have them surrender the license and relegate them to an autoCar. Does someone exhibit road rage, race on public streets, or run red lights? AutoCar him. Can someone just not hang up the cell, or are they just a really bad driver? Take their license and autoCar them. Traffic Court would cease being a simple revenue generator that ultimately has no effect on public safety. It would serve to simply determine if someone may keep their license to drive. Losing the license, whether due to a bad decision or poor skills, results in the autoCar. Some people will protest that the autocar will become a social stigma. I will point out that currently bad drivers stay on the road until they either go to jail or kill someone, and both of those options have social stigmas. (FWIW a bad driver will continue to drive without his license. Hey, how come traffic courts don't also create a Restraining Order disallowing a person from operating a vehicle when they take away his license?)
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Jul 31, 2014 2:43 AM CDT
In some rural towns, this could wipe out the entire source of revenue for the police department