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UK: Driverless Cars Road Test Will Begin in January

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A driverless car during testing at the headquarters of motor industry research organisation MIRA at Nuneaton in the West Midlands following the announcement that driverless cars are set to take to the road in the UK from January 2015. (Rui Vieira/PA/Landov)  

By    |   Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 07:08 PM

Beginning in January, the UK will test driverless cars on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to see how the vehicles perform.

Officials said Wednesday the tests will last up to three years, The Associated Press reports. Sensors and cameras will guide the cars.

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The plan will include two types of driverless technology. One places a driver in the car who can take the controls if needed; another calls for a fully autonomous vehicle with no driver present.

Transport Minister Claire Perry said driverless cars could transform Britain's road network and improve safety and traffic flow while reducing carbon emissions.

The cities to test the system will be chosen in a competition.

Other countries including Japan and the United States are already developing driverless technology.

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Beginning in January, the UK will test driverless cars on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to see how the vehicles perform.
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