Business Secretary Vince Cable said, "Today's announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society."
A group of engineers have already begun testing the vehicles on private roads. However, on public roads they will be able to much more effectively prepare their vehicles for real life scenarios. Business Secretary Cable said he "felt safe" in the autonomous cars.
The U.K. is playing catch up to other nations that have already been allowing this testing. In the U.S., Google has already been testing cars in California and Japan began public road testing in 2013.