A driverless vehicle carrying passengers has taken to Britain’s public roads for the first time today. The trial is aimed at paving the way for autonomous cars to hit the roads by the end of the decade.

The government is encouraging technology companies, carmakers and start-ups to develop and test their autonomous driving technologies in Britain. The hope is to build an industry to serve a worldwide market which it forecasts could be worth around £900 billion ($1.1 trillion) by 2025.

Earlier this year, the government launched a consultation on changes to insurance rules and motoring regulations to allow driverless cars to be used by 2020 and said it would allow such vehicles to be tested on motorways from next year.

Read more: Driverless cars to be tested on UK streets for the first time: ‘Pods’ will navigate Milton Keynes’ roundabouts | Daily Mail Online

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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