Google’s self-driving cars have been around the block, down the street and even fallen foul of the long arm of the law in their native California, however it’s next street test appears to be destined for the streets of the UK. Hitching a bindle to their shoulder and taking to the cobbled streets of London town, to be more exact.
According to reports from Sky News multiple talks over the past few years will result in Google street-testing its fleet in the city, as early as next year.
Deputy mayor for transport Isabel Dedring said her office had spoken to Google “at least half a dozen times” over the past three years.”It’s going to have to work in big cities so why don’t we start trialling it now?” she said. “We met them a few weeks ago to see whether they would do trials here. It is still very early days but we would be keen for trials to happen in London whenever Google are ready to move them into other countries.”
Given London’s reputation as being, perhaps, not the most serene place for traffic, most analysts are agreed that, should they roll out in London, Google’s automated cars will probably constitute some of the more reasonable drivers on the city’s streets.