Next year the first cars without drivers behind the wheel could be hitting the roads of Britain.
Chancellor George Osborne is expected to confirm in next week’s budget that tests will begin on a small number of roads before pilots are carried out on roads with a 70mph speed limit.
The first trials are expected to go ahead in Milton Keynes, Bristol, Coventry and Greenwich.
The cars can altert motorists to accidents and traffic jams could actually prevent 95% of accidents, according to the Treasury.
Mr Osborne said: “At a time of great uncertainty in the global economy, Britain must take bold decisions now to ensure it leads the world when it comes to new technologies and infrastructure.
“That’s what my Budget next week will seek to do.”
He added: “Naturally we need to ensure safety, and that’s what the trials we are introducing will test.
“If successful, we could see driverless cars available for sale and on Britain’s roads, boosting UK jobs and productivity.”