UK Government Wants Driverless Cars, And it Wants Them Now
Soon we might be living the future we envisioned when we were younger; in fact we might be living it sooner than expected. As far as the United Kingdom is concerned, reports have surfaced about the government’s plan of furthering the idea of driverless cars and driverless roads.
According to BBC, the United Kingdom government wants to propel the idea further into the community by allowing for testing of these cars under government approved code of practice. This means that private companies will soon be launching tests on their products officially, and if they are successful, these pods will be a reality much sooner than you expect.
That is not all, the government is planning to even accommodate the changes required in highway regulations after these cars hit the road. Obviously, many new aspects will come at play like the strictness of rules for a driverless car as compared to a car driven by a human and numerous other things. The review of regulations is going to take place in 2017 by which time, the government plans to bring these cars to a common man’s use.
Claire Perry,the transport minister of UK believes that these pods are going to be game changers:
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 first self drive pod is going to be tested in Milton Keynes and Coventry and it is called the Lutz Pathfinder (check it out in the featured image above).
Lutz Pathfinder was unveiled in Greenwich today by manufacturers RDM Group. It has space for two and the computer controlling it is equivalent to two high end gaming PCs. A total of 19 cameras, radars and lidars are going to help it find the way when it is out on the road.
As far as the test is concerned, at first only three of these cars are going to be put on the roads. If they prove to be successful, a complete fleet of 40 driverless cars will be on the road.
If you look at how self driven cars have been received worldwide, this is a really big step forward. When the bill was presented in the US, only four states took it up with 15 states rejected it. Other than that Grmany and Sweden are the only two countries where laws have incorporated them.
If everything goes well, United Kingdom could be the biggest example we have of self driven pods.
Food for thought: a survey has suggested that 43 percent of the people in UK say they won’t be okay with driverless cars, do you think they are overreacting?