UK moves towards driverless car tests without safety drivers

TechCrunch | 2/6/2019 | Staff
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The UK government has announced it’s working on a process to support so-called ‘advanced trials’ of autonomous vehicles — i.e. trials without human safety drivers.

It also says it will be beefing up the existing Code of Practice for testing driverless cars to provide a framework to support the evolution of the tech, saying it’s on track to meet its goal of fully driverless cars being tested on public roads by 2021.

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Commenting in a statement, Richard Harrington, automotive minister, said: “We want to ensure through the Industrial Strategy Future of Mobility Grand Challenge that we build on this success and strength to ensure we are home to development and manufacture of the next generation of vehicles.

“We need to ensure we take the public with us as we move towards having self-driving cars on our roads by 2021. The update to the Code of Practice will provide clearer guidance to those looking to carry out trials on public roads.”

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The government gave the greenlight for hands-free testing of driverless cars back in 2015, though it still require there to be a (human) safety driver behind the wheel (which also of course requires the vehicle to have a wheel in the first place).

The move was quickly followed by a Code of Practice for testing autonomous vehicles in public places — which remains in operation. But a...
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