Driverless Cars: Safety

Department for Transport written question – answered on 27th March 2019.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the safety of self-driving cars.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Government has safety at the heart of its approach to automated vehicles, and the UK is leading work through the United Nations to create robust international standards for their safe introduction and use.

Last year the Department asked the Law Commission to conduct a regulatory review of the UK's legal framework in the context of automated vehicles. To support safe and responsible UK trials the Department has recently published an updated code of practice, and is developing processes to provide safety assurance for trials of increasingly advanced technology on public roads.

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