Self-driving cars that run without a human behind the wheel could freely proclaim on British roads by 2021, the Chancellor is set to, this week in the Budget.
The plans of Philip Hammond are one of a number of measures to stimulate the automotive and technology industries.
A number of British companies have recently ramped up of Autonomous cars. Just last week, a partnership of Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors confirmed it had taken its self-driving-study on the public roads for the first time.
Greenwich in South London and the Olympic Park in Stratford are also two important hubs for trials of the Autonomous cars.
However, these current studies are needs a person in the driver’s seat in case something goes wrong. The new rules, which means that a change in the road traffic regulations, allows testing without a driver at the wheel.
The plans are to help the UK catch up with other countries, such as America and Singapore, both of which are leading the way with a self-driving research.
In the USA, over the a self-driving taxi service in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but drivers are required in order to avoid the control of, an incident on a number of occasions.
More notably, Google’s self-driving company Waymo announced earlier this month that it will be a fully Autonomous taxi-service in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona without a driver behind the wheel.
By removing the current legal restrictions, many of which are still on the European mainland and large parts of the USA, Hammond, it will allow the UK to become a world market leader in self-driving cars.
The news follows transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s announcement, car insurance policies be revised to accommodate Autonomous cars, one of the most important questions about your introduction.
Talking about the upcoming Budget announcement, SMMT chief executive, Mike Hawes, said: â€œWe support the government’s measures to develop the UK one of the best places in the world to test and sell, connected and Autonomous vehicles. These vehicles will transform our streets and society, dramatically reducing accidents and saving thousands of lives each year, while billions of pounds into the economy.
“We look forward to further industry cooperation with the government is to ensure that the United Kingdom can be among the first to grasp the advantages of this exciting new technology.”
Other initiatives expected to be announced Wednesday, the budget of a Â£400m pot for electric car-charging stations, and Â£100m boost clean-car sales to mean what, probably, continuous incentives for electric and hybrid.
The war against drivers of diesel is expected to continue, with Hammond, to either increase the VAT on diesel fuel or create a new tax on diesel vehicles.
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