U.K. May Allow Driverless Vehicle Testing This Year

February 06, 2019 at 11:29 AM

The U.K. is developing guidelines that later this year could allow fully autonomous vehicles to be tested on public roads without a backup driver.

Britain’s Dept. for Transport’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) is updating its code for self-driving cars to support the U.K.’s previously announced plans to launch commercial applications for such vehicles by 2022.

Currently, autonomous vehicles tested on public roads in the U.K. must have a safety driver—either onboard or via remote control—who is ready to take immediate control as necessary.

CCAV says the revisions to the code will include a new framework for “advanced trials” for autonomous cars on public roads. Provisions also are being developed for public safety related to such tests and reporting requirements for companies conducting the tests.