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UK government pumps £100m into self-driving cars

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Business Minister Greg Clark has announced a new pot of cash to push the development of the autonomous vehicles industry in the UK.

Clark used the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ Connected conference to announce an initial £100 million investment, which will also be matched by industry.

£55 million will be used to create a connected and autonomous vehicle testing infrastructure cluster between London and Birmingham, offering companies various test tracks and funding, according to the Telegraph.

“Companies around the world are making major investments and this offers long-term value for the UK as we punch above our weight,” said Clark.

“If the UK doesn’t take this opportunity, many other countries will.”

The investment itself is part of a wider ambition to take the UK to the top of the worldwide autonomous vehicle industry.

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