The UK government has done he announced that self-driving cars and navigation systems (ALKS) could reach British roads by the end of 2021. The new names allow for testing of such systems, allowing Britain to make its own driving laws and access other countries such as the US and Japan.
The UK Department for Transportation (DfT) said it would “explain” (specify) how vehicles with ALKS can be legally defined as self-driving, as long as “there is no evidence against the ability of a vehicle to operate.” legally on UK streets.
The ALKS system, dubbed “driving technology” by DfT, was designed to help drive the car to stay in its lane as well as the best distance from the cars, at 37 MPH speeds. This allows drivers to start driving, but they must be ready to start again. This is in contrast to modern driver support systems (ADS) that can be used as auxiliary and independent drivers.
“It plays an important role in the efficient use of self-driving vehicles in the UK, making future trips greener, easier and more reliable,” said Transport Minister Rachel Maclean. “But we have to make sure that this new technology is used carefully, which is why we are asking the rules for what this will look like.”
The announcement was very detailed, as the expertise could be tested and approved. As it stands, ALKS machines are only available on small starting vehicles, which is why the roads may be even shorter.
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