DRIVERLESS cars could be on British roads by the end of the year under new plans announced by the Government.
The bold move will also scrap the requirements that the clever motors must have a human overseer on board too.
An autonomous self-driving vehicle tested in a pedestrianised zone in Milton Keynes on October 11, 2016AFP or licensors
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It means no human will be in control of the vehicles, even remotely. Ministers say the advanced trials — the first anywhere in Europe — will put the UK at the forefront of the technology.
But the announcement sparked safety fears, coming less than a year after a woman was killed by a driverless car in America.
The Department for Transport insists there will be a strict application process before companies are allowed to test the cars. An updated code of practice for the trials includes much tougher rules.
A DoT spokesman told The Times: “The new Code recognises the industry’s desire to conduct much more advanced trials.”
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