The UK government today has announced plans for driverless cars to be tested on public UK roads from as early as January 2015. Currently they are only allowed on private roads.
The original plan by the Department of Transport for driverless cars were to introduce them onto public roads by the end of 2013, but that target was missed. With Google’s driverless car racking up over 300,000 miles in the US already with other nations following suit, the UK is already behind with their development towards a driverless future.
There’s still a lot of work needed to get things fully in motion – insurance liability in motoring incidents, changes to the Highway Code and of course technological hurdles need to be overcome before they can be widely adopted.
So next year, before you stick up a finger in road rage at the guy who just cut you up on the motorway, they may have just been a passenger to the barbaric driving of a computer.