In his budget on Wednesday, Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to
When asked about the loss of thousands of jobs for drivers, he said the country could not “hide from change” and the Government had to equip people with the skills “to take up new careers”.
Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said it was good news that the Government was taking a lead by making the UK attractive to those seeking to develop, test and build an entirely new generation of cars. He said: “We support Government’s measures to make the UK one of the best places in the world to develop, test and sell connected and autonomous vehicles.
“These vehicles will transform our roads and society, dramatically reducing accidents and saving thousands of lives every year, while adding billions of pounds to the economy.
“We look forward to continuing industry’s collaboration with government to ensure the UK can be among the first to grasp the benefits of this exciting new technology.”
Raj Samani, chief scientist and fellow at McAfee, added: “With its strong manufacturing heritage, it’s unsurprising that the Government has high hopes for the UK to be a global leader in driverless car technology and to “lead the next industrial revolution”.
“The anticipated regulation changes on Wednesday, that will allow developers to test driverless cars on the road, will be a key step forward in accelerating towards this goal.
“The Government’s recently launched cybersecurity guidelines will undoubtedly play an important role in ensuring that UK car manufacturers make that happen.”
Watch this space!
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