The Queen has tackled the subject of autonomous cars as part of her speech at this morning’s state opening of parliament.
The move, dubbed the ‘Modern Transport Bill’, is expected to encourage investment in autonomous and electric cars, as well as commercial space planes and drones.
It’s also expected to tackle the grey area of providing insurance for autonomous cars being used on UK roads.
Some car manufacturers have previously suggested that only legislation is preventing driverless cars being trialled on public roads in the UK. With the Queen seemingly backing plans to trial autonomous cars, it will only be a matter of time before this changes.
The news has been welcomed as a positive move for the UK with the economy expected to play a pivotal role in a global industry estimated to be worth £900 billion by 2025.
Self-driving cars are designed to navigate safely through city streets. With the help of software which processes all the information to help the car safely navigate the road without getting distracted or tired, sensors are designed to detect objects in all directions, including pedestrians, cyclists, other vehicles and even birds.