Driverless Cars and the Race to go Green
In the first half of 2017, there have been loads of announcements about the first driverless car race. The first set of public road trials are due to take place in Milton Keynes and Coventry by the end of the year.
UK designers are ahead of the game and are keen to try out their cars on public roads. Other countries are trying to catch up.
One of the UK’s first driverless cars trials was in Milton Keynes, back in 2015 and the government has funded the idea to help the fast track technology. Many think that the driverless car idea would be good because it makes people more mobile and productive.
One Guardian reader said, “I’m looking forward to my daily commute turning from a drudge to an opportunity to play some video games, maybe a racing sim.”
It is claimed that driverless cars could help avoid 94% of crashes and people will, therefore, be much safer on road.
One councillor said that it would cost £100 million to stay in the ‘race’ for driverless cares. (The government has already donated £19 million to funding and research.)
It is not just cars being changed, in London a ‘green entrepreneur’ wants London’s red buses to become even more special and be run on coffee! This visionary decided that it would be a good idea because the cars in London produce so much carbon dioxide that joggers have to wear face masks. Interestingly, fuel can be made from many sources from garbage to chocolate.
UK government research suggests that the market for automated vehicles in the UK will be worth £28bn by 2035.
Oliver, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy