The Queen’s Speech

Queen Elizabeth II of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland recently gave her annual address to Parliament, and allegedly it contained a plug for self-driving cars.

I write “allegedly” because I read several headlines about the speech, but none of the articles I read actually quoted the Queen. Maybe there is a prohibition against quoting British royalty?

Here’s an account from Fleet News:

A Modern Transport Bill, which encourages investment in driverless cars and aims to ensure insurance is available to their users, has been announced by the Queen at the state opening of Parliament.

The Government says the Bill will help cut red tape and put the right framework in place to allow innovation, which it claims will put the UK at the forefront of autonomous and driverless vehicle ownership and use.

Good for the UK!

Jaguar, Land Rover, and Volvo are all testing autonomous vehicles in the UK already, so hopefully this clears a path for them to accelerate.

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