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Budget 2017: Green light for driverless car testing

Budget 2017: Green light for driverless car testing
From BBC - November 18, 2017

The testing of driverless cars on UK roads is expected to be given the green light in Wednesday's Budget.

Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce regulation changes to allow developers to apply to test the vehicles.

Writing in the Sun, he said investment would "prepare the ground" for the cars to be on roads by 2021.

Investment in technology including artificial intelligence and 5G mobile networks will also be announced.

The announcement comes after the UK's biggest car manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover, began testing driverless cars on public roads.

The trials, which rely on sensors that allow the cars to detect traffic, pedestrians and signals, took place in Coventry city centre over several weeks.

Jaguar said a human was on board to react to emergencies.

In his article Mr Hammond said: "This was once just an inventor's dream, but it will soon become a reality.

"We can stand by and watch this happen, or we can embrace it and take full advantage of what is in front of us.

"My Budget will include plans to make Britain a world leader in this area - the best place for developers to make and road test prototype vehicles."

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