Four cities will run formal trials to see how driverless cars could be integrated into everyday life across the country.
The vehicles will be coming to Coventry, Milton Keynes, Bristol and Greenwich, London from January 1.
The Department for Business was excited to share how an extra £9 million from today’s Autumn Station will be used in the project.
This is no flash in the pan, the trials will last between 18 and 36 months.
Funding for all three projects (Coventry and Milton Keynes are working together) was confirmed by Chancellor George Osborne.
“The trials will see driverless car research taking place in the real-world and lead to a better understanding of how the technology needs to develop and how people interact with the vehicles,” said a spokesman for Innovate UK.
“It will also help the public get used to seeing the vehicles on the streets.”
Nick Jones, lead technologist at Innovate UK, said: “Cars that drive themselves would represent the most significant transformation in road travel since the introduction of the internal combustion engine and at Innovate UK, we want to help the UK to lead the world in making that happen.
“There are so many new and exciting technologies that can come together to make driverless cars a reality, but it’s vital that trials are carried out safely, that the public have confidence in that technology and we learn everything we can through the trials so that legal, regulation and protection issues don’t get in the way in the future.”
We already knew that the cars would be tested in Milton Keynes but the scope of the projects is new.
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