Driverless Vehicles

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 2 February 2017.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Government's detailed review into the legality of automated vehicles in the UK was published in February 2015, which established that there are no legal impediments to testing automated vehicles in the UK. This was followed by the publication of a Code of Practice for testing automated vehicles, which was published in July 2015. This established the UK as one of the best places in the world to develop and test automated vehicle technology, and since then a number of significant players have chosen the UK to test their vehicles. The Government established the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in July 2015 to lead on this agenda, and has embarked on a rolling programme of regulatory reform which aims to adopt regulations in a timely manner to enable the safe and legal use of automated vehicle technologies on UK roads. The first wave of this programme included reforms to insurance that will require vehicles capable of automated driving to have appropriate insurance.

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