First driverless cars tested in 4 British cities; rule changes to follow for self-drive future

Government And Institutions Associated Press

Britain has begun testing driverless cars in four cities, launching the first official trials ahead of a series of planned rule reviews to accommodate the new technology.

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Transport Minister Claire Perry says the project was "still in the early days" but said the new technology can be "a real game-changer."

Britain has ambitions to lead development in driverless cars, which are also being tested in U.S. cities by companies including Google. The British government is spending 19 million pounds (US$29 million) on four trial centers around the country.

Four types of autonomous vehicles under trial, including a shuttle that looks like a larger golf cart, were unveiled in London Wednesday.

The government plans to publish guidelines for companies to test the cars in "real-life scenarios" on roads by summer.