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Fleet of driverless cars will operating on UK motorways in just TWO years, running from London to Oxford

DRIVERLESS cars will be on Britain’s motorways in just over two years in “a truly groundbreaking” global first.

A fleet of six self-driving cars, able to “talk” to each other about potential hazards on the road, will operate on the M40 from London to Oxford by 2019.

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Driverless cars will be on the road in just over two years
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The Driven consortium said the vehicles will be able to carry out whole journeys completely solo on Britain’s major roads.

UK tech group OXBOTICA, which is overseeing the 30-month, £23million project, said a £8.6million

Government grant was helping drive the scheme.

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In the US Google and Tesla are experimenting with autonomous cars
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The group will look at some of the key problems facing driverless cars, including the threat of cyber attacks and how such vehicles should be insured. It said their work will be a “public demonstration of the viability of this technology”.

Other partners in the Driven group include O2’s owner TELEFONICA, TRANSPORT FOR LONDON and the UK ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY.

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Oxbotica is  testing self-driving pods in Greenwich, south London
Press Association

Dr Graeme Smith, chief executive of Oxford-based company Oxbotica, said last night: “Today’s news is truly groundbreaking. No company, group or consortium of autonomy experts has attempted what Driven is planning over the next 30 months.

“We are seeking to address some of the most fundamental challenges preventing the commercial deployment of fully autonomous vehicles.

Prof Paul Newman, of Oxford University, added: “We’re moving from the singleton autonomous vehicle to fleets of autonomous vehicles — and what’s interesting is what data the vehicles share with one another, when and why.”

Oxbotica is testing self-driving pods in Greenwich, South London.

NISSAN has also tested cars on minor roads in the east of the capital.

In the US, tech giants GOOGLE and TESLA are experimenting with autonomous cars. VOLVO has tested them in Sweden.

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/uncategorized/3405233/fleet-of-driverless-cars-will-operating-on-uk-motorways-in-just-two-years-running-from-london-to-oxford/