TECH TALK: Driverless cars to be tested in four UK cities

A  driverless car during testing at the headquarters of motor industry research organisation MIRA.
A driverless car during testing at the headquarters of motor industry research organisation MIRA.
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Next time you see a car coming towards you, with no driver at the wheel - don’t panic. It’s probably a driverless car.

Yes, driverless cars are about to hit the streets of the UK, in four cities to begin with then see how it pans out.

The four English locations picked to test driverless cars are Greenwich, in south-east London, Bristol, Coventry and Milton Keynes. Much of the focus is on the impact of such cars on the surrounding traffic, seeing if driverless cars can reduce congestion and make roads safer, as well as investigating the legal and insurance implications of the new technology.

And as much as we may scorn or fight against the changes, the novelty will become part of our everyday environment - just as society had to get used to horseless drawn carriages.