UK Government announces £38 million for driverless car projects

As part of its Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the UK Government has announced that it will invest a further £38 million into new driverless car research and development projects over the next four years.

Working with industry partners to develop the next generation of artificial intelligence and control systems, ministers hope “to ensure the UK is at the forefront of the driverless cars revolution”.

“The UK is home to some of the world’s best innovators at the very forefront of global excellence,” said Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark. 

“The funding I am announcing today, providing hundreds of millions of pounds of support to develop the next generation of technologies across a range of sectors, shows our determination and commitment to making sure the UK remains at the very forefront of research innovation for years to come.”

Chief Executive of Innovate UK Dr Ruth McKernan said: “The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund will deliver the science that business needs. By supporting business-led innovation, the industrial strategy will accelerate business growth, boost productivity and create high-skilled jobs.

“By announcing these first challenges we are giving businesses the green light to start finding solutions to some of our major societal and industrial challenges and at the same time helping us fully realise economic impact from our world class science base.”

In addition to the funding for driverless car technology, the government will also invest £246 million over four years into opportunities presented by the move to a low carbon economy, supporting the design, development and manufacture of batteries for electric vehicles.