Driverless cars will travel the United Kingdom by 2017

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

UK driverless vehicles
“You dialed for a ride, good sir?”

Sometimes, walking on the street can be a real pain, especially when it’s sizzling hot out. If you’re a lucky United Kingdom citizen, however, self-driving cars will chauffeur you around town by the year 2017!

The electric cars are called “pods” and are designed to carry 2 people at a time, zipping along at 12 mph alongside pedestrians. People won’t need to dive out of the way, either, as the pods come equipped with obstacle-avoidance sensors.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said, “Driverless cars are another invention that has the potential to generate the kind of high-skilled jobs we want Britain to be famous for, as well as cutting congestion and pollution and improving road safety.”

About 20 pods will be tested in 2015 in special lanes separated from pedestrians, but 2 years later there should be 100 roaming on pathways beside people. The project includes the engineering firm Arup, as well as the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. In order to support them, the British government is supplying approximately $2.4 million dollars.

Images courtesy of the UK Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills.