Britons will soon be able to travel to a spaceport in a driverless car where they could download pictures of their trips on ultra-fast 5G networks, according to recent government plans.
The initiatives are all part of a recent push by the government to take the U.K. into the space age, making the country a global center for next-generation technology.
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The U.K government gave the green light Wednesday for driverless cars to take to the roads next year. Cities around the country can now bid to host driverless cars trials, which are expected to start in January 2015 and last between 18 and 36 months. A review has also been launched to look at current road regulations and ensure there is an appropriate regime for testing driverless cars.
"Driverless cars have huge potential to transform the U.K.'s transport network—they could improve safety, reduce congestion and lower emissions, particularly CO2," said U.K. Transport Minister Claire Perry in a government news release.
Companies like Google and Tesla are leading the way in designing driverless cars. Morgan Stanley forecasts completely driverless cars—which drive themselves independently under all circumstances—will be available before the end of the decade, but more bearish analysts such as Lux Research say 2030 at the earliest.