Driverless cars coming to the UK soon

August 13, 2014 |

In the rush of business travel, it's likely that you've hopped in a cab and never actually spoke with the driver besides telling him or her where you were headed and saying thanks as you departed. Starting January 2015 in the U.K., you might not need to have this type of interaction whatsoever, according to the BBC.

"Today's announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society," Department for Transport business secretary Vince Cable explained.

Driverless cars have become a hotly contested subject in the travel world, with safety being one of the chief concerns. However, Cable assured the source that he "felt safe" riding in a driverless car. The testing period with these cars will last up to three years, and proponents of the technology believe they could lessen traffic and improve the country's carbon footprint.

The U.K. isn't the only governing body experimenting with driverless cars on the open road. Notably, Google's model has already tallied up 300,000 miles and California, Nevada and Florida (all major travel destinations) have approved tests of these vehicles. Only time will tell if these types of cars will become commonplace on interstates and streets in the coming years.