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UK government aims for rollout of driverless car technology

Driverless vehicles could be on some UK routes by the end of 2026, the transport secretary has told the BBC.

Driverless vehicles could be on some UK routes by the end of 2026, the transport secretary has told the BBC.

Towards Automated Driving:

A government representative, Mark Harper expressed optimism about the prospect of vehicles with self-driving capabilities navigating UK roads by 2026, following ongoing legislative efforts to introduce automated driving.

Caution Amid Innovation:

While the government pushes for automated driving legislation, critics raise concerns about potential accidents if the technology is rushed without proper readiness.

Balancing Safety and Progress:

Harper emphasized the importance of establishing a robust safety framework to instill confidence in the technology. 

He highlighted the potential of automated driving to significantly reduce road accidents caused by human error, benefitting not only drivers and passengers but also pedestrians and cyclists.

Gradual Implementation:

Acknowledging the transformative potential of self-driving tech, Harper emphasized a phased rollout and stressed that its usage would remain optional for individuals.

Current Landscape and Caution:

While the US and China have seen extensive trials of fully automated vehicles, the UK has maintained a cautious approach. Current driver-assist technology mandates human oversight at all times.

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