THE UK government recently announced extra funding for technologies, including robotics and driver-less cars as part of the year’s budget. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced plans to “enhance the UK’s position as a world leader in science and innovation” by allocating £270 million (RM1.46 billion) to support research into “biotech, robotic systems and driver-less vehicles”. Driver-less vehicle trials have already begun in several locations around the UK, including Milton Keynes and Greenwich in London. Hammond said £16 million will be used to create a hub for running trials into 5G connectivity, while £200 million will be invested to fund local projects testing ways of accelerating the roll out of full fiber broadband across the UK. The sums, however, are smaller than those announced by some other countries. For example, the US Department of Transportation proposed a 10-year plan to invest £3.3 billion in self-driving cars under former President Barack Obama.
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