Select UK Cities to Host Driverless Car Trials Next Year

UK asks cities to bid to host trials for driverless cars in 2015.
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UK asks cities to bid to host trials for driverless cars in 2015.
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Driverless cars will be heading to the roads of the UK as soon as January 2015. UK cities can bid for a competition to host a trail for driverless cars. The government is encouraging cities to partner with businesses and researchers to propose to become the next test location for driverless vehicles. Up to three cities will be selected to host the trials, which will last between 18 and 36 months. 

"The excellence of our scientists and engineers has established the UK as a pioneer in the development of driverless vehicles through pilot projects. 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, said Business Secretary Vince Cable, who tested a driverless car with Science Minister Greg Clark. 

He adds: "Through the government's industrial strategy, we are backing the automotive sector as it goes from strength to strength. We are providing the right environment to give businesses the confidence to invest and create high skilled jobs."

The next two decades are expected to see a huge surge in the purchase of autonomous vehicles, with predicting the annual purchase to reach 100 million by 2035. And, the benefits are obvious -- a decrease in injury and deaths caused by car accidents, less traffic congestion, and a reduction in air pollution.