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Queen’s speech legalizes autonomous cars in U.K.

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James Mccullough
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Autonomous car manufacturers might start to look at the United Kingdom as a viable alternative to Europe or the U.S., thanks to proposed new reforms on insurance legislation that now covering autonomous cars.

Announced in the Queen s Speech to Parliament earlier today, the reforms allow autonomous cars to be tested and purchased in the U.K.

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We don t think this means fully autonomous cars are purchasable, but autonomous features will be allowed inside U.K. cars.

This means things like Tesla s Model S autonomous lane switching or Ford s self-parking should be available in the next few years.

Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover are testing autonomous cars in the U.K. already, in project cities like London and Milton Keynes, and will now be able to test the cars across the country.

We suspect other European-based automotive companies may look at the U.K., which is less restrictive than other European countries on autonomous cars.

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