The United Kingdom is planning the autonomization of road traffic in quick steps: from 2019 fully self-driving cars are allowed to be tested on the roads of the country – and by 2021 will become part of the regular transport system.
The London government sees autonomous cars as part of the “next industrial revolution,” ntv reports. In this, the country wants to be in the front and plans, according to Finance Minister Philip Hammond for this week, the idea of concrete plans. In addition to providing the legal basis for the use of autonomous technology in road traffic, the UK should subsidize the necessary technologies.
In order to support the development of self-driving cars, the British government wants to promote several neighboring technology fields: 400 million pounds to go into the expansion of charging stations for electric cars, 160 million pounds in the expansion of the broadband mobile network with the 5G standard, 75 million pounds promote the development of Artificial Intelligence. However, these subsidies, which will be presented in the budget this week, will partly replace EU subsidies that will disappear after Brexit.
Autonomous vehicles are already on the streets of London: Volvo is testing its driverless XC90, Nissan had a similar program, and Google’s Waymo was also in talks with local authorities, writes t3n. So far, such tests in the United Kingdom but still human employees as security drivers on board to be able to intervene if necessary.
This should be over from 2019 and be eliminated from 2021 without the special conditions of an experiment. If it goes by the will of the British government, so it is only four years until self-driving cars, at least on the island, belonging to the regular traffic scene.