The UK government is now actively supporting the rise of driverless cars. So far, that has resulted in a small investment of £19 million. And a report, released on 11 February 2015, called "The Pathway to Driverless Cars".
More important than the money is the intention, summed up in this statement from the government's transport minister Claire Perry: "Driverless cars are the future."
We could have told her that – about seven years ago.
For more, read The UK begins testing driverless cars on public roads on Fast Company.