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UK becomes first country to green-light driverless cars
on its roads
The country announced it would regulate the use of self-driving vehicles at slow speeds on motorways,
with the first such cars possibly appearing on public roads as soon as this year
The UK government on Wednesday became the first country to announce it will regulate the use of self-driving
vehicles at slow speeds on motorways, with the first such cars possibly appearing on public roads as soon as this
Britain’s transport ministry said it was working on specific wording to update the country’s highway code for the
safe use of self-driving vehicle systems, starting with Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS) — which use
sensors and software to keep cars within a lane, allowing them to accelerate and brake without driver input.
The government said the use of ALKS would be restricted to motorways, at speeds under 60 km per hour.
The UK government wants to be at the forefront of rolling out autonomous driving technology and the transport
ministry forecasts by 2035 around 40 per cent of new UK cars could have self-driving capabilities, creating up to
38,000 new skilled jobs.
“The automotive industry welcomes this vital step to permit the use of automated vehicles on UK roads, which will
put Britain in the vanguard of road safety and automotive technology,” Mike Hawes, CEO of car industry lobby
group the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said in a statement.