Driverless Vehicles

Department for Transport written question – answered on 3rd April 2018.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Goss Moor Lord Taylor of Goss Moor Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the regulatory and safety assessment process before autonomous or semi-autonomous driving trials can be permitted on public roads in the UK.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Goss Moor Lord Taylor of Goss Moor Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence is required of the safety of autonomous or semi-autonomous driving systems before they are, or will be, approved for use in the UK; and what is the testing system in such cases.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The UK Code of Practice, published in July 2015, sets out that developers can carry out trials of automated vehicle technology if they are conducted in line with UK law. This includes having: 1) a safety driver (in or out of the vehicle) who is ready, able, and willing to resume control of the vehicle; 2) a roadworthy vehicle; and 3) appropriate insurance. The Code makes it clear that it is for developers to assure themselves that they are complying with the law and conducting trials safely.

The Government plans to update the Code of Practice in Summer 2018, to provide guidance to support true self-driving tests. We are working to develop an application process, with assessments being made on a case by case basis.

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