Driverless cars will take to the road in the UK from next year, the Government has announced. Guided by a system of sensors and cameras, the motors will take to the public highway in January for a series of trials set to last up to 36 months. UK cities can now bid for a share of a £10 million competition to host the trials, with up to three cities being selected. Read more >>
The cartoon by Paul Thomas from the Daily Express shows the Queen and Prince Philip in a driverless royal limousine going past the gates of Buckingham Palace. The crowd are waving Union Jack flags. The Queen remarks to her husband, "Think how much we're saving the public purse with no chauffeurs!"
The public purse is money from or controlled by the government and raised by taxation or other means. • People should provide for their own retirement and not expect to be supported by the public purse. The Sovereign Grant (the annual cost to the taxpayer of supporting the Queen) was set at £36.1m for 2013/14. The money is used to fund a number of official royal duties, pay staff and maintain palaces. Read more >>
1. A chauffeur is someone whose job is to drive a rich and important person around in their car, usually wearing a special uniform. A driver is anyone who drives a car, although the term can also be used to refer to someone who does it as their job, as in taxi driver.
2. Note the use of the suffix -less to denote the absence of something. Other examples include childless (a childless couple), shoeless (not wearing shoes), and pilotless (a pilotless drone). See Word Hippo for a list.
• Mac cartoon (Daily Mail)