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British 'self-drive' car to rival Google's expensive offer

The Oxford University car can 'drive itself'. Credit: John Cairns

Researchers from the UK have designed a 'self-driving' car that is much cheaper to get on the road than Google's multi-million pound venture.

Oxford University researchers have enabled a Nissan Leaf electric road car to 'drive itself' on stretches of a familiar route.

Vote of confidence for British manufacturing industry

Nissan will create another 400 jobs at its plant in Sunderland. Thousands more will be created among firms supplying parts. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Japanese car giant Nissan have delivered a 'clear vote of confidence in Britain's manufacturing industry' by deciding to build their new model at its Sunderland factory from 2013. 2,000 new jobs will be created by the investment which is supported by a £9.3 million grant from the Government.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

"This latest announcement highlights the UK's track record of attracting inward investment. Global vehicle manufacturers are beating a path to the UK's door. They recognise that the Government values the automotive sector."