It’s reported that London’s deputy mayor for transport is in “active discussions” with Google in an attempt to convince the company to trial its driverless cars in the capital.
The Guardian says Isabel Dedring’s officials met with the company recently to “encourage the technology company to extend its pilot scheme to London.”
It would be the first time Google’s autonomous cars have been tested extensively outside the US.
The paper quotes Dedring as saying, “It’s going to have to work in big cities, so why don’t we start trialling it now? Google have said they are focused on the US, but they’re starting to think about going elsewhere, so we’re in active discussions.
“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.”
The paper goes on to say that officials from the mayor’s office had spoken with Google “at least half a dozen times” over the past three years about bringing the scheme to the capital.