British MPs are calling for a Minister for Driverless Cars. The reason: the UK wants to ensure that the country does not miss out on the economic opportunities presented by new vehicle technologies. Louise Ellman, Labour chair of the Commons transport select committee: “The government should be more active and have a much more holistic strategy to make sure this new technology has the maximum effect… We need someone in charge of this, looking across manufacturing, technology, regulation and testing.”
The UK’s economic development driverless push is having some excellent results. In Milton-Keynes alone, one of the areas where testing of driverless technology will be undertaken, it is estimated that 7000 new jobs could be created, 5000 new homes built and a potential of £150m public and private investment.
To ensure that the UK takes and maintains the lead in this area, a comprehensive, multi-ministerial approach working closely with industry is prioritized.