Self-driving Cars Set to Hit UK Roads By 202121 August 2020
The Department of Transport has announced that it is working with the UK Government to show the systems that will make driverless cars a reality.
By going through the systems and technology, the two parties will then determine whether or not cars with this technology will be classed as an ‘automated vehicle’.
This is an important part of the process as it will determine whose responsibility the safety of the vehicle is – the technology provider or the driver. The implications of this decision is substantial.
The technology being discussed, known as Automated Lane Keeping System (ALKS), enables a car to keep within the correct lane without driver input.
In practical terms, the driver still has to stay poised to take control of the vehicle at any given time – under the instruction of the vehicle itself.
Another part of this process is to agree the maximum speed that driverless vehicles will be able to travel at. The initial proposal states 70mph as the maximum.
The UK is leading the global agenda on driverless cars and is set to launch the first vehicles of this kind on our roads in Spring 2021.
Once the decisions have been made, the Department for Transport will launch a public consultation on proposed changes to legislation and the Highway Code later this year.
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