bbc.com 28 Apr, 2021 04:30 am

Self-driving cars to be allowed on UK roads this year

Self-driving cars to be allowed on UK roads this year
The government previously said it hoped to legalise hands-free driving by spring 2021.

“Automated driving systems could prevent 47,000 serious accidents and save 3,900 lives over the next decade through their ability to reduce the single largest cause of road accidents – human error,” said chief executive Mike Hawes."They are assisted driving systems as they rely on the driver to take back control."Aside from the lack of technical capabilities, by calling ALKS automated our concern also is that the UK government is contributing to the confusion and frequent misuse of assisted driving systems that have unfortunately already led to many tragic deaths.Self-driving cars to be allowed on UK roads this year By Cristina Criddle Technology reporter Published About sharing Getty Images p image captionDrivers will be allowed to take their hands off the wheel if ALKS is enabled Self-driving vehicles could be allowed on UK roads by the end of this year, the government has said.

It is considered "level two" on the five defined levels of self-driving cars.When I emailed a Treasury official to ask whether that really meant an autonomous vehicle with no safety driver the answer came back in block capitals YES - THIS WOULD MEAN FULL SELF-DRIVING CARS WITH NOBODY BEHIND THE WHEEL.

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