Greenwich is one of the first places to trial self-driving cars, but is this a recipe for disaster?

Autonomous vehicle trials across London and Edinburgh have just received a £25 million funding boost from the Government, to keep in trend with self-driving ambitions.

In London, Project Apollo, led by Addison Lee who is working with a number of software companies, will receive £8.84 million towards the development of autonomous taxis, building on its existing tests in Greenwich.

A second pilot in the capital, ServCity headed up by Jaguar Land Rover, takes £11.15 million, as it develops a mobility service using six autonomous Land Rover Discovery vehicles.

Greg Clark, Business and Energy Secretary, said: "Today is very significant because it just shows that the decision that we took to have autonomous vehicles as the heart of our industry strategy is now paying fruits."

"We will see over the years ahead the use of these cars and vehicles right across the country.

"In London, we're going to have Addison Lee cabs that are going to make use of the technology and further testing right across the country, so what was previously a rather futuristic hope has now become a reality."

All the projects will include social behavioural research, to understand how driverless technology can be seamlessly integrated into society, with the findings applied to the development for future autonomous service models.

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