Minister hopes for driverless buses

Minister hopes for driverless buses

Driverless buses will be at the heart of a digital revolution across Britain in the next five years, if Culture Minister Ed Vaizey gets his way.

Mr Vaizey has been outlining the benefits of technology in an article for The Times. He writes that robotic buses are among the Government's plans to make Britain a so-called "tech nation".

He says these could transform countryside communities and the digital revolution could also help motorists find parking spaces via GPS technology.

Self-driving vehicle technology has already been trialled in Britain with Coventry, Greenwich and Milton Keynes benefiting from government-funded pilots.

Mercedes-Benz and Nissan have been among the carmakers exhibiting self-drive concept vehicles this year . Tech firms such as Google have also been active in exploring this sector.

Mr Vaizey says that every governmental department will be among the new plans for digital technology innovation between now and 2021.

He wants technology to transform people's everyday lives and for Britain to be strongly linked with the digital revolution. Such change could bring about Nobel laureates educating people through virtual reality, Mr Vaizey writes.

He also believes it could improve and speed-up home construction, empower patients and reduce the cost of looking after the sick and elderly.

The Government is using the thriving Tech City in east London as a template for its "Tech Nation" vision. Prime Minister David Cameron launched the technology cluster five years ago.

Tech City has helped to put London at technology's "epicentre", according to the World Economic Forum's recent research.

Mr Vaizey writes that the Government wants people to pick Britain when it comes to investing in high tech, beginning new digital firms or piloting fresh working methods.

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