Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Self-driving vehicles are the future of transport - they could end urban congestion, improve road safety, and make life easier for people across the country.
That is why the government has today set out how a vehicle fitted with technology which allows it to drive itself in a single motorway lane in slow traffic could be used on UK roads by the end of the year - provided they pass robust safety checks, with the driver able to easily and safety take control when needed.
By reducing human error, which contributes to 85 per cent of accidents, we can continue to make our roads safer while creating thousands of new jobs in an exciting new industry.