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U.K. to Spur First Spaceport, Drones, Driverless Vehicles

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U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron plans a new transport law to spur everything from the country’s first spaceport to the production of drones, driverless cars and electric vehicles.

The Modern Transport Bill would pave the way for commercial space flights from the U.K. by setting a framework for a new spaceport, the government said Wednesday in a briefing note to accompany Queen Elizabeth II’s speech in Parliament laying out Cameron’s program. Other measures seek to ensure insurance is available for driverless cars and to encourage investment in the development of drones.