Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed the opening of a national competition designed to introduce driverless cars to UK roads.
As part of the competition, £10m of government funding will be awarded to towns or cities to develop testing grounds for driverless cars.
Mr Evans said: “Semi-autonomous and fully driverless cars represent the biggest transformation in road travel since the introduction of the internal combustion engine. They could play a significant role in a future transport system, increasing efficiency, safety and comfort and providing mobility solutions to a wider public, both young and old.
“The difference that this technology could make in people’s everyday lives is immense. Whether it is a blind or partially sighted person being able to take control of their own transportation, business men and women being able to maximise their time by working during their commute, or even the opportunity for businesses such as rural pubs where drink driving laws understandably make them unviable. I look forward to seeing the results of this government backed competition.”