UK launches self-driving pilots

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has unveiled plans for three pilots of self-driving vehicle services.

Under the plans, there will be an autonomous bus service across the Forth Bridge from Fife to Edinburgh and self-driving taxi services in London.

The schemes will share a £25m government grant to get them off the ground, with services expected to begin in 2021.

“Self-driving cars will revolutionise the way we move goods and people around the UK,” said Business Secretary Greg Clark. “Autonomous vehicles and their technology will not only revolutionise how we travel, it will open up and improve transport services for those who struggle to access both private and public transport.”

Autonomous vehicles will require governments across the world to reconsider how they plan their infrastructure, as the technology will have new impacts on mass transit projects and other transport schemes.