A prototype was shown off in London today, although its creators, Transport Systems Catapult and the RDM Group, say the first production models won't be completed until June. Later this year they'll be trialled in Milton Keynes, netting the pair and everyone else involved in the project two records: the UK's first driverless pod, and the first autonomous vehicle to be used in a UK public area. Not the most spectacular milestones, but important ones nonetheless that should improve public awareness about the technology.
Of course, Lutz wasn't the only project to receive funding from the UK government. Three major initiatives are set to cover London, Coventry, Bristol and Milton Keynes --- look out for our upcoming mini-series examining some of the pioneering work in this space.
In the meantime, the UK government will be trying to assist researchers and manufacturers with updated guidance. It's working on a Code of Practice for road testing, and the Department for Transport says it's planning to amend domestic laws by 2017 to accommodate the evolving technology. However, those plans could be thrown out the window if the Conservative party loses the next general election this year.