Comment from APPG Chair: Government paves the way for self-driving vehicles on UK roads

On 28 April, the Department for Transport announced that Motorists could see self-driving vehicles on British roads for the first time later this year. Following a call for evidence last year, the Government has now set out how vehicles fitted with Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS) technology could be legally defined as self-driving, as long as they receive GB type approval and that there is no evidence to challenge the vehicle’s ability to self-drive. For full information please see the Department for Transport’s news page here.

Following the news, CAM APPG Chair, Ben Everitt commented:

This is a very welcome announcement from Government and further stakes the UK’s claim as the world leader in the development of self-driving technologies. Technologies such as ALKS are an important stepping stone towards a self-driving future for the UK which has a real potential to make our roads safer, cleaner and more accessible.

I welcome the Government’s intention to continue their engagement with manufacturers, insurers and other road agencies to ensure the roll-out of self-driving technologies prioritises safety and builds user awareness and confidence, and I look forward to contributing to these discussions as Chair of the APPG on Connected and Automated Mobility.

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