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British Government welcomes public opinion on autonomous vehicles

British Government welcomes public opinion on autonomous vehicles

This month the government have opened public consultation centers focusing on discussing what changes need to be made to the highway code and insurance legislation to adapt to autonomous vehicles being on the road. The Government has already predicted that driverless cars with features such as motorway assist and remote control parking will be on sale in Britain within four years.

This August the UK Government will use an additional £30m from the Intelligent Mobility Fund, for research and development of innovative connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. With the extra funding and the public consultation now open, it’s hopeful that by the end of the year the government will have a clearer understanding of how the law and insurance legislation will allocate blame and responsibility in the event of an accident.

Do you think we see harsher penalties on drivers behind the wheel of autonomous vehicles, or will the technology stand as a mitigating factor? The consultation will only remain open for nine weeks so have your say on the use of autonomous vehicles on British roads, how the Government should use this additional funding and what modifications need to be done to existing legislation here

28 July 2016

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