Driverless buses and vans could arrive on UK roads by 2025 after ministers announce £40million in grants to help make the technology a reality
- Department for Business grants to get self-driving vehicles on UK roads by 2025
- £40million will fund advanced public transport and delivery services for all
- Transport Bill for ‘safe and responsible deployment’ of driverless road transport
- Ministers hope it will boost the economy by £42billion and create 38,000 jobs
Self-driving buses and vans could be allowed on British roads as early as 2025, says the Government.
Ministers will offer up to £40million to fund technology that will revolutionise public transport and delivery services.
The Transport Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech will create a legal framework for the ‘safe and responsible deployment’ of driverless road transport.
And yesterday the Department for Business said new grants would help get self-driving buses, delivery vans, shuttles and ‘pods’ on UK roads from 2025. The ministry says this will deliver ‘convenience for consumers and making journeys safer, greener and more reliable’. Ministers hope it will also boost the economy by £42billion and create 38,000 jobs by 2035.
Yesterday the Department for Business said new grants would help get self-driving buses, delivery vans, shuttles and ‘pods’ on UK roads from 2025 (pictured) A Tesla self-driving car drives through the West Station near the Las Vegas Convention Center last year
Human error causes nine in ten road accidents and experts predict ‘robot’ vehicles could save up to 3,900 lives by 2030. A self-driving bus is being tested in Scotland with a back-up driver. Passengers may be taking part by late summer.
Mike Hawes of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said: ‘The UK is rightly seeking to be at the forefront of this technological evolution. Today’s announcement is a significant step.’
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