Chancellor George Osborne has told The Guardian that autonomous vehicles could hit British roads as early as next year.
"Driverless cars could represent the most fundamental change to transport since the invention of the internal combustion engine. Naturally, we need to ensure safety, and that's what the trials we are introducing will test," he said.
Sections of UK roads are expected to be closed off to allow trials to take place. These tests are in addition to the driverless car research already taking place in Bristol, Coventry, Milton Keynes and Greenwich.