Driverless car trial launched on Greenwich Peninsula

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The driverless car prototype
Transport Minister Claire Perry and Business Secretary Vince Cable this week launched the new driverless car trial in Greenwich following the Government’s decision to invest £19million in the scheme, announced by Chancellor George Osborne in last year’s Autumn Statement.

Transport Minister Claire Perry claimed that the driverless car is “always paying attention” so would be safer to other than other vehicles. During this trial period the vehicles are will have an operator who will be able to take control of the vehicle if anything does go wrong. The full trial of driverless cars will not begin until the summer, with eight vehicles operating in Greenwich.

Cllr Matt Hartley, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Greenwich & Woolwich and Deputy Leader of Greenwich Conservatives, welcomed the news.  He said: “Greenwich is the home of time so it is only fitting that we look to the future on the Greenwich Peninsula.  It is terrific to see our borough at the centre of what could be a revolutionary new technology - I look forward to seeing the results of the trial."