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Government to make UK hub for driverless cars

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0800

The government has today announced plans to make the UK a world centre for the development of driverless cars – with a £10 million cash incentive to any town or city that builds a test site for autonomous vehicles.

The news comes as part of chancellor George Osborne’s 2013 Autumn Statement – alongside plans to scrap the car road tax disc and freeze fuel duty.

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Milton Keynes is already experimenting with driverless pods – with plans to introduce a trial in 2015.

Within two years it is hoped that visitors to Milton Keynes will be able to hire a pod using a smartphone app, which will then transport them along the town’s wide pavements.

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