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UK roads to have driverless cars by 2021

Philip Hammond will announce regulation changes to allow Britain's driverless car industry

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UK roads to have driverless cars by 2021

British finance minister Philip Hammond is to announce $99 million funding for and plans to put on UK roads by 2021, in his budget speech on Wednesday.

Hammond will announce regulation changes to allow Britain's driverless car industry, which the government estimates will be worth 28 billion pound by 2035, to get cars on the road within as little as three years, according to extracts of the budget released by his office today.


The minister, who is under a pressure to deliver an eye- catching budget following Brexit spats with cabinet colleagues, will also announce a 400 million pound fund for companies hoping to roll out charge points across the country.

People hoping to buy a battery-electric vehicle will also be able to access funding as Britain attempts to move towards zero-emission transport.

With a focus on tech industries, the government is also planning to spend 75 million pound supporting companies developing AI and 160 million pound in developing 5G technology, which it believes will be necessary for the mass rollout of

However, the Conservative minister is likely to be judged more on his social spending policies, particularly on his housing policy in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster that killed 71 people.

First Published: Sun, November 19 2017. 10:19 IST
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