UK Kick-starts Driverless Car Changes

A Department of Transport has revealed that changes to the Highway Code and the MOT test will be necessary to accommodate driverless cars on the roads of the UK.

The government wants the UK to become a world leader in driverless cars.

It will publish a code of practice in the spring, which will allow the testing of autonomous cars to go ahead.

Self-drive pods that will be tested in Milton Keynes and Coventry have been unveiled for the first time and the government has promised a full review of current legislation by the summer of 2017.

The review will consider whether or not a higher standard of driving should be demanded of automated vehicles.

It will also look at who would be responsible in the event of a collision and how to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians.

Transport minister Claire Perry said: "Driverless vehicle technology has the potential to be a real game-change on the UK's roads, altering the face of motoring in the most fundamental of ways and delivering major benefits for road safety, social inclusion, emissions and congestion."

The government is providing £19m to launch four driverless car schemes in four different locations.

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