Britain starts trial of driverless cars on public roads

Britain starts trial of driverless cars on public roads

Four types of driverless cars are being tested on public roads in four cities in the U.K. Bristol, Coventry, Greenwich and Milton Keynes. The British government wants to lead other nations in autonomous driving and has spent nearly $30 million on the project.

One of the cars looks like an oversized golf cart; another is a small two-seater. The cars in the program must have a qualified driver present in case something goes wrong.

The next step, British officials said, is to publish guidelines by this summer for companies to test the vehicles in real driving scenarios such as highways.

As in the U.S., legal and regulatory questions have yet to be worked out in the U.K.

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