‘High-tech Britain’ to test driverless cars

This week’s Budget announcement is expected to include further tests of driverless cars on UK roads, with widespread trails anticipated as early as next year.

Chancellor Philip Hammond is likely to announce a clear-out of regulations that will allow developers of self-driving vehicles to put them through widespread trials for the first time, in an attempt to ‘put high-tech Britain in the fast lane’.

To date, very limited trials have taken place in the UK, in Coventry and Milton Keynes, because changes first need to be made to the Road Traffic Act.

Alongside the driverless vehicle announcement, Hammond is also expected to announce further funding for electric car charge points and next-generation 5G mobile networks.

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