U.K. close to testing first public autonomous taxi

Jul 06, 2017, 7:10 AM EDT
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The U.K., which estimates the driverless car industry to worth £28 billion in the next 17 years, is all set to test its first fully public autonomous taxis in Greenwich.

In the project, funded by the U.K. government, driverless shuttles with seating capacity of five passengers and a “safety warden,” will pick up riders on a four-stop route, writes New Scientist.

The U.K. harbors “grand plans” for driverless cars and has already prepared proposals for autonomous car insurance laws along with developing the test beds for six different categories of driverless vehicles, notes Wired.