Government funding is reportedly being offered to anyone who can successfully build their own prototype of the UK’s first fully-autonomous car, The Verge has learned.
The offer comes in the wake of the unveiling of Britain’s first self-drive car, which has been built in partnership with Alphabet’s Google.
The car is expected to be unveiled at a Google event later this month.
This new funding is expected at around $7 million, but will not be given to the actual vehicle itself, but rather to be used for development of the software necessary to control it.
In addition to the US, British government funding is also being sought, with a spokesperson for the Department for Transport saying it would be “the next logical step” to get involved.
The UK government also said it would look at other areas of research and development, with the potential for the UK to “invest in and develop new technologies”.
“We have seen the UK emerging as an innovator in the areas of autonomous vehicles and autonomous software, so we are keen to see how the UK can contribute in those areas,” the spokesperson said.
“We are also looking at how other countries can leverage their capabilities in these areas to drive a better future for our citizens.”
A spokesperson for Alphabet declined to comment.