The government has said it wants to encourage the development
and testing of autonomous driving technology in Britain, helping
build an industry to serve a worldwide market it reckons could
be worth around 900 billion pounds ($1.1 trillion) by 2025.
On Friday Nissan said a modified version of its compact electric
LEAF car equipped with autonomous driving technology will be
tested in the capital next month, the first such demonstrations
on European public roads.
"With future models secured and cutting-edge innovation being
developed right here in the UK, we’re looking forward to a
strong future of designing, engineering and manufacturing in the
country for customers right across the world," said Nissan
Europe Chairman Paul Willcox.
In October the firm, which builds around a third of Britain's
total car output, said it would expand production at its plant
in northeast England with what a source described as a
government promise of extra support to counter any loss of
competitiveness caused by Britain's EU exit.
(Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Greg Mahlich)
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