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This week, we look at the facts surrounding the road testing of autonomous cars in the UK

Most of us know – unless we have had our heads buried rather deep in the sand – that the green light has been given for driverless cars road tested in the UK, with the aim of making the dream a reality some time in the not-too-distant future.

Driver Less Car

Are Driverless cars going to happen?

But it’s not just Blighty that have been gearing up for the driverless car - France and Sweden have also been making preparations too. Audi also recently tested its A7 concept car on a 550 mile road trip from San Francisco to Las Vegas and Google has been experimenting with driverless vehicles too.

The current UK Government has now confirmed that it will be going ahead with testing autonomous cars on our roads, amidst claims that driverless cars could help lower emissions, increase productivity and reduce accidents caused by human error.

Vince Cable said;
“'The UK is at the cutting edge of automotive technology - from the all-electric cars built in Sunderland, to the Formula 1 expertise in the Midlands.

“It’s important for jobs, growth and society that we keep at the forefront of innovation, that’s why I launched a competition to research and develop driverless cars.”

The four cities that win the competition will receive a massive £19m worth of funding. The trial vehicles will include the pods developed by Coventry’s RDM and Greenwich Meridian Shuttle and the Greenwich Meridian Shuttle (pictured).

Driver Less Car Picture

In our next blog, we will be looking at the fors and againsts of driverless cars and asking your opinion @car4leasing – your opinion counts. What do YOU think?

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