New measures to help Britain lead the way in developing driverless technology
A major consultation to help pave the way for automated cars to be used on British roads is being launched, with all drivers invited to have their say.
Under the proposed measures, rules will be changed so automated vehicles can be insured for use on the roads.
In addition, the Highway code and regulations are to be altered so advanced driver assistance systems that change lanes on the motorway and park the vehicle by remote control can be used safely.
Separately, the government will next month launch a competition for a further £30 million from the Intelligent Mobility Fund, for research and development of innovative connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.
This builds on the first £20 million awarded to a number of projects in February, and ensures the UK is able to take advantage of the latest technological developments in driverless cars research. An additional £19 million fund is also paving the way for driverless car projects in Greenwich, Bristol, and a joint project in Milton Keynes and Coventry.
The government is determined that Britain leads the way globally in embracing the safe development of driverless technology.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:
“Driverless car technology will revolutionise the way we travel and deliver better journeys.
Britain is leading the way but I want everyone to have the chance to have a say on how we embrace and use these technologies.
Our roads are already some of the safest in the world and increasing advanced driver assist and driverless technologies have the potential to help cut the number of accidents further.”