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Driverless cars are gaining awareness and momentum – in fact, they are a reality within four UK cities pioneering trials on their roads.

Britain is hoping to lead the world in the integration of these Electric Vehicles. A report by KPMG for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, (SMMT), shows that there are huge advantages to be gained.

In fact, the report claims that by 2030 driverless cars will:

– Create 320,000 new jobs in the UK, of which 25,000 will be in automotive manufacturing

– Add £51bn a year to the country’s economy

– Save 2,500 lives by preventing 25,000 serious accidents between now and 2030

KMPG’s results also show that 25% new cars will be fully autonomous by 2030 – with online connectivity becoming a standard feature in every new vehicle. The Telegraph also reports that whilst creating jobs, driverless cars will also add value by reducing traffic and parking congestion as cars will be able to ‘talk’ to each other.

Robert Goodwill, Transport Minister, said: “New technology is fundamental to government’s vision for our roads. Connected and autonomous cars will help us move to a smart, safe, efficient and low carbon future.”

Tests show that driverless cars are extremely safe. Google has been testing driverless cars for six years – covering over 1.7 million miles. During this time, they have been involved in 11 accidents – none of which were caused by the self-driving cars.

So – how will connected and autonomous vehicles transform our roads? Take a look at the SMMT video:

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