Government Backing For Driverless Cars?

Tue 18th Aug 2020

The UK government is giving serious consideration to an automated driving technology which driving much safer and smoother for passengers and drivers alike.

The Automated-Lane-Keeping System (ALKS) is the latest in a series of autopilot system technologies which have been developed by the motor industry, with the automated element taking over the car at low speeds on motorways.

ALKS technology was officially approved in Europe earlier this summer meaning the technology could effectively be legal by spring 2021, but before that the UK government has asked manufacturers to help shape guidelines and legislation around how much autonomy a vehicle can actually have.

Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said: “Automated technology could make driving safer, smoother and easier for motorists and the UK should be the first country to see these benefits, attracting manufacturers to develop and test new technologies.”

“The UK’s work in this area is world leading and the results from this Call for Evidence could be a significant step forward for this exciting technology.”

Tesla have controversially led the way with automated driving technology, with many of the US brand’s models already loaded with Autopilot software, technology which has seen many Tesla owners fall foul of the law. 

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders have backed the government’s decision, suggesting that the move could save thousands of lives.

“Automated technologies for vehicles, of which automated lane keeping is the latest, will be life-changing, making our journeys safer and smoother than ever before and helping prevent some 47,000 serious accidents and save 3,900 lives over the next decade,” said the SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes.

“This advanced technology is ready for roll out in new models from as early as 2021, so today’s announcement is a welcome step in preparing the UK for its use, so we can be among the first to grasp the benefits of this road safety revolution.”