Driverless Car Industry Switching Up A Gear
In 2016 we foreshadowed Highways England’s intention to trial autonomous vehicles on motorways by the end of 2017, set out in its “Innovation strategy”. Indeed a variety of trials have taken place with varying results. However in October 2017 the chancellor upped the ante, now aiming to test fully self-driving cars (with no driver at the wheel) as early as 2019, and allowing fully self-driving cars to operate freely on UK streets from 2021. This goal is accompanied by an additional £100 million in funding for AI research and development.