New Scientist article The UK will launch pilot schemes to allow people to buy new cars using their smartphones, as part of a wider programme to give consumers more choice.
Under the pilot scheme, motorists can buy a car in person and pay for it online.
They can then transfer their car, paying a minimum of £10 a week, to another member of the household and buy another car at a later date.
The government says the scheme will help consumers save money.
“This pilot scheme will make it easier for people to make the most of the new mobility options available to them and will help them save on fuel and insurance premiums,” said John Withers, the minister responsible for the scheme.
“There is no limit to how many people can use this programme and, as the government continues to invest in the UK’s transport network, we will see a more seamless and more secure mobility system for people across the UK.”
New car purchases will start on April 1.
“The government is making it easier to buy a new car, but we know that this new car can make a huge difference to your life and to the quality of your daily commute,” said Theresa May, the UK prime minister.
“We want to make sure that all of our drivers, and every one of our passengers, are getting the best value for their money, which is why we will be introducing the pilot schemes.”
What is the new car?
What is a smartphone?
An Android smartphone is an Android-based device that contains an operating system, a browser, and apps that let people get online and book flights, shopping and more.
It is not necessarily a smart phone, but an application that lets people make mobile payments and access content.
Google is working with local councils and manufacturers to develop a range of smartphone apps.
The smartphone industry has been hit hard by a surge in competition from Android smartphones, which are available in more than a dozen countries, and Apple’s iPhone.
The UK’s scheme, called the Driverless Car Scheme, will allow people who are unable to buy cars directly from a local dealership to buy them from the same app.
“People will be able to get in touch with their local dealers to buy their own cars and then get the car back to them,” said a spokesman for the government.
“And, because the schemes will be run by the UK Transport Agency, it will be a much simpler process for people buying cars and buying their own vehicles than it would be for people in the US and elsewhere.”
What are the schemes cost?
The scheme is set to cost £500m, and the government says it will bring in around £1bn in savings to the economy.
The scheme will allow for a total of around 8,000 new cars to be purchased in the first year, with a further 1,500 vehicles being added each year.