- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

British authorities say cars without drivers will be hitting the streets in the next few months, in as many as three cities by January.

The driverless cars will be part of a test program that could last as long as three years, The Associated Press reported.

Transport Minister Claire Perry said driverless cars could completely change the landscape of Britain’s driving culture, as well as its traffic flow, AP said.

The test technology is two-fold: One test puts a driver in the car who can serve as a backup in case of emergencies. The other relies completely on the technology alone — no human driver in the car, AP said.

The three cities to participate in the driverless car testing will be chosen by competition, AP reported.

The United States and Japan are developing driverless car technology.