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Milton Keynes gets ready for 100 driverless cars

We welcome our new driverless overlords
Mon Oct 28 2013, 09:37
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BUCKS TOWN Milton Keynes will play host to one hundred driverless car in an experiment to find out if they're a good idea.

Driverless cars, which the casual observer might believe we already have, are coming, and are being developed by firms including Google.

Some people are relatively confident about the vehicles, but still have some reservations. The KPMG study "Self Driving Cars: Are We Ready?" found good awareness of the moron-less motors, and found that Google and Nissan are the most obvious examples of developers. It did not find out how many people would be tempted.

For that we have to turn to an earlier study from Bosch that found just one in five people would be confident about travelling in a car with no driver.

Still, in Milton Keynes things are already in first gear and the plans are to ferry people between the train station and the main shopping area. We are calling this the utopia route. We do not expect it to catch on.

A trial is expected to be completed by 2017 and from then people will enjoy what is essentially a taxi journey that costs £2 and requires no knowledge of football, whether this country is going to the dogs, or politics.

Earlier this year UK Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin said that trials would begin as soon as possible. "We will take this technology, which has only been used on specific links, and apply it as a standard to some of our busiest national routes," he said.

According to a report at City AM, the programme will begin in 2015, when the first driverless cars will start hitting Milton Keynes' streets. µ


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