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Driverless cars to boost economy by £51bn

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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has commissioned a study from KPMG that says self-driving cars will boost the UK economy by £51bn. It will generate 320,000 new jobs around the UK, and reduce serious road traffic accidents by more than 25,000 a year by 2030, according to the report. A quarter of all cars sold are also expected to be fully autonomous by the same year and every new vehicle coming on to the roads will incorporate 'connected' systems linking it to the online world. Britain has been able to take an early lead in developing the technology because it has never ratified an EU convention that required vehicles to have a driver. Already four pilot schemes - in London, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Coventry - backed by £19m of Government money are under way to investigate how the technology can be used, and a further £100m of funding to investigate the technology was announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Budget speech. The sum will be matched by industry.

 

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