Milton Keynes MP welcomes boost to driveless car technology in the city

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A new transport bill announced in today’s Queen Speech has been welcomed by City MP Iain Stewart who has said it will be “a real opportunity for MK to develop its already leading role in Driverless Car technology.”

The ‘Modern Transport Bill’ will see measures to encourage investment in driverless cars, electric cars, commercial space planes and drones.

It will seek to ensure insurance is available to users of driverless cars and also aim to update the Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (Atol), the UK’s financial protection scheme for holidays.

“This is a real opportunity for MK to develop its already leading role in Driverless Car technology,” said the Milton Keynes South MP said.

“I hope the bill will allow the key stakeholders working on this area such as the Transport Catapult, Milton Keynes Council and Cranfield University to get more resources to take this innovation into the real world.”

Milton Keynes has been a leading city on driverless technology.

Just last week the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McCloughlin visited the Transport Catapult to see the ‘The LUTZ Pathfinder’ autonomous vehicles trial which is currently underway in the city.

The trial involves up to three electric-powered “pods” operating on pedestrianised areas within the town centre.