Self-driving vehicles could be on UK roads by 2025 under government plans |  UK News

Self-driving vehicles could be on UK roads by 2025 under government plans | UK News

Fully self-driving vehicles could be on UK roads by 2025 under new government plans backed by a £100m investment.

New laws are planned to speed up the roll-out, with £34m of safety research to be used to develop the legislation.

Vehicles that can only drive themselves on highways could even be on sale within the next year, the government said, but people will still need a license to use them on different types of roads.

Others that are completely autonomous, and which can for example be used for deliveries, do not need a license and could be in operation in three years if the government’s vision is realised.

Cars with self-driving capabilities, such as Teslas, are already quite common in some UK cities, and companies such as Google are already testing self-driving vehicles on public roads in the US.

The technology relies on multiple cameras and range-finding lasers to navigate and detect vehicles, pedestrians and other obstacles.

Supporters say it can make the roads safer and reduce driver errors, but the testing and the rules and regulations surrounding the technology are still being drawn up.

The government is consulting on safety and said new laws would make manufacturers liable for a vehicle’s actions when self-driving is fully in control, meaning a human driver would not be liable for accidents.

The industry can create as many as 38,000 jobs and revolutionize public transport, according to the Ministry of Transport.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the technology could “improve people’s access to education and other essential services” and “make our roads safer by reducing the dangers of driver error in road collisions”.

“We want the UK to be at the forefront of developing and using this amazing technology, which is why we are investing millions in vital safety research and putting the legislation in place to ensure we get the full benefits this technology promises,” he added to. .

AA president Edmund King said the government was right to put extra funding and research into self-driving technology and the accompanying laws.

“Assisted driving systems, such as autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, are already helping millions of drivers stay safe on the roads,” he said.

“There is still quite a leap from assisted driving, where the driver still has control, to self-driving, where the car takes control.

“It is important that the government examines how these vehicles will interact with other road users on different roads and changing weather conditions.

“But the ultimate prize, in terms of saving thousands of lives and improving the mobility of the elderly and less mobile, is well worth pursuing.”

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