Blimey! Driverless cars on British roads from next year

If you’ve ever driven on roads in the UK, you might be surprised to hear from JANUARY next year, driverless cars will be allowed on public roads.

Yes that’s right…not January 2030…but January 2014. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a very interesting idea considering how wobbly the roads can be over there. And fast. And often quite narrow.

The BBC reports that California is way ahead, with Google’s driverless car having driven more than 300,000 miles on the open road. So perhaps, just perhaps, Britain will be cope with one or two little driverless cars trundling along, whilst being overtaken by speeding Audi’s down fast country lanes.

Business Secretary Vince Cable revealed the details of the new plan at a research facility belonging to Mira, an automotive engineering firm based in the Midlands.

“Today’s announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society,” he said.

Gulp. I’ll be over there then.. I’ll let you know how it goes…

Blimey! is your daily dose of British news and features for anglophiles everywhere! This article was carefully written by Tim Holt, a British blogger, photographer and actor based in the USA. Forever torn between two magnificent slices of sod.

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