Driverless cars guided by by sensors and cameras will be be tested on roads in three U.K. cities in a trial program to begin in January next year.

Amy Kellogg joined Bill Hemmer on America's Newsroom today and explained that cities will compete to be one of the three selected for a $17 million grant, as the U.K. looks to catch up with countries like the U.S. and Japan in the driverless technology race.


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Hemmer asked if there is really a point to creating a driverless car.

Kellogg noted that Google's driverless cars in the U.S. have already surpassed 700,000 miles, accident-free, and Google estimates they will make more on that technology than their eponymous search engine.

Although they are likely a decade away from being mainstream technology, driverless vehicles should bring down the rate of accidents and simplify transportation.


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Kellogg added another interesting perk. “These driverless cars will also have the ability to generate, in the event of accidents, maps, graphics, photographs of what happened," she said. "That will actually eliminate eye witness error when it comes to finding out who was liable for an accident.”

Watch the clip above.


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