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UK Transport Committee discusses driver-less vehicles

UK, October 21, 2014: The Transport Committee of UK held its first evidence session on motoring of the future on 20 October. The session was held to discuss the impact of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles, future fuels and data privacy and management related issues.

Chris Reeves, Commercial Manager, Intelligent Mobility and Future Transport Technologies, Motor Industry Research Association; Professor John Miles, Board Director, Arup and Research Chair of Transitional Energy Strategies, Cambridge University; Professor Paul Newman, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford; Gerry Keaney, Chief Executive Officer, British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Agency; Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research, Institute of Advanced Motorists; and Mike Hawes, Chief Executive Officer, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders put forth their views at the evidence session.

On 30 July 2014, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills had announced measures to facilitate the introduction of driverless vehicles on UK roads from January 2015. Member of Parliament, Dr Vince Cable had announced a £10 million competition where cities can bid to become a test location for driverless vehicles. He also launched a review into road regulation to "establish how the UK can remain at the forefront of driverless car technology" and ensure regulation is appropriate for testing driverless cars in the UK.

The UK government has called on cities to join together with businesses and research organisations to put forward proposals to become a test location. Up to three cities will be selected to host the trials beginning 2015 — and each project is expected to last between 18 and 36 months and start in January 2015.

Source: UK Parliament