Humans have been dreaming for decades that one day, we will see autonomous vehicles running on the roads along with traditional vehicles. But, did we think there would be so many legal hurdles? Perhaps not.
Even though there are several vehicles that offer autonomous functionality to some extent, a lot of effort is required if we want to see fully autonomous vehicles on the roads. Recently, we heard positive news when it was announced that the government of the UK is developing legislation, which will play a key role in allowing the self-driving vehicle to run on UK roads.
There are several issues that will be addressed in the legislation including cybersecurity and liability, insurance, and more. The legislation is called the automated and electric vehicles act and it will apply to machines that have high levels of autonomy. They are working to see how certain laws can be changed to make sure that autonomous vehicles can drive on general public roads. Achieving level 3 autonomy is a big thing, and it means the person on the driving seat, does not need to control the steering unless the vehicle asks him to.
The first car to offer level-three autonomy is the Honda Legend. It was revealed in Japan earlier this year and only 100 units were available for lease. The country’s ministry approved the vehicle traffic jam pilot system. The passengers will be able to operate the car at up to 29mph without handling the steering.
The British Department for Transport has made a positive announcement in this regard. By the end of this year, they will allow vehicles with an automatic Lane-keeping system to travel on the roads at speeds of up to 34 mph.
The officials have said that the new legislation will point out everything. It will highlight the definition of automation, the safety levels required, associated risks, and more.