U.K’s government wants wide-spread adoption of driverless cars by 2018. Today, they get one step closer to this goal. A project, with more than $30 million in government funding, will test driverless vehicles in four cities in the U.K. Bristol, Milton Keynes, Coventry and Greenwich will be the testing grounds for driverless cars.

One of these cars looks like a stretch golf cart. It looks perfect for getting around busy areas like airports.

Meridian shuttle

One question. Who is responsible when the golf cart above hits somebody? The maker of the car? The AI? The company who is using it? I’m thinking whoever made the AI, but it’s just one of many issues regulators will be tackling as we get closer to adopting the technology.

Here’s a couple of pictures of the more traditional cars being tested.

Mira driverless car

BAE wildcat

“These are still early days but today is an important step. The trials present a fantastic opportunity for this country to take a lead internationally in the development of this new technology,” said U.K. transport minister Claire Perry.

I’m all for driverless cars. Who doesn’t get sweaty palms driving through rush hour traffic on I-285 in Atlanta? Speed limit? More like minimum speed.

Driverless cars are coming. It’s just a matter of when. Google has been on the forefront of testing the technology in the U.S. The tech giant is aiming to bring the technology to consumers by 2017. Other companies are also jumping into the sector with Uber recently announcing a research center to explore driverless car technology.

2017 seems a bit optimistic for widespread adoption, but I could see the technology making a massive impact as we enter the 2020s.

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It isn’t just safety companies are thinking about with driverless technology. C’mon you know what it’s really about. According to UK’s Business Secretary Vince Cable, the driverless tech industry could be worth more than $1 trillion by 2025. That will perk investors up.

The biggest obstacles for driverless cars will be price and perception. I think perception will be the biggest hurdle. Google and other companies will need to convince us these cars won’t go haywire.

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