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TfL in talks with Google to bring driverless cars to London

Date: 08 February 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Google could bring its driverless car project to London a senior London transport boss has said.

According to deputy mayor for transport, Isabel Dedring, members of the mayor's office met with the American technology company recently to encourage it to bring testing to London.

Google's fleet of 33 autonomous cars is currently being tested in Mountain View, California and Austin, Texas.

The fleet has covered 1.4m driverless miles since the project began in 2009, Google claims, with the vehicles covering between 10,000 and 15,000 autonomous miles per week on public roads.

"Google have said they are focused on the States, but they're starting to think about going elsewhere so we're in active discussions," Dedring said at a road policy event in London. "We met them a few weeks ago to see whether they would do trials here."

"It is still very early days but we would be keen for trials to happen in London whenever Google are ready to move them into other countries."

Dedring added that members from the mayor's office had spoken to Google at least six times in the last three years about introducing the scheme in London.

UK driverless car trials are currently taking place in Greenwich, South East London as part of a £100m Government scheme to hone the technology.