Vehicles with self-driving capabilities could be allowed onto UK roads by 2025, the Government has announced under new plans.
Policy papers and a net spend of £100million in investment are planned under new laws that could introduce automatic, driverless vehicles on the roads, which will allegedly make 38,000 jobs.
The Government has previously announced plans to allow drivers of self-driving cars to take their hands off of the wheel at speeds of up to 37mph.
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Legal interactions for drivers of self-driving cars are loosening, with drivers now able to watch television or read the news on their interactive screens while travelling.
But the latest announcement could mark fully autonomous vehicles for the roads while not carrying anyone with a driving licence.
Travelling in such vehicles could benefit public transport or deliveries, the Government say, with £34million of the £100million investment heading toward research into safety.
Testing vehicles' capabilities in poor weather conditions and how the vehicles will interact with other road users are part of such safety research.
AA president Edmund King said the announcement was "still quite a big leap from assisted driving, where the driver is still in control, to self-driving, where the car takes control".
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He continued: "It is important that the Government does study how these vehicles would interact with other road users on different roads and changing weather conditions.
"However, the ultimate prize, in terms of saving thousands of lives and improving the mobility of the elderly and the less mobile, is well worth pursuing."
Jonathan Hewett, chief executive of Thatcham Research, said: "The cars we drive are changing at an unprecedented rate. But the automotive industry is still at the lower end of a steep learning curve.
"It’s vital that we balance the risk with the opportunity, gathering intelligence on the different use cases for the technology and in turn understanding what it means for all road users."
Hewett has also called for "complete clarity" around legal responsibilities for users of self-driving cars, AutoExpress reported.
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