News from Brake
6 February 2019
The Government has today revealed its plans to support advanced trials of autonomous vehicles on UK roads. Advanced trials will, however, not be supported unless they have passed rigorous safety assessments. The move comes as part of the Government’s wider plan to see self-driving vehicles on the roads by 2021.
Road safety charity, Brake, has welcomed the move, as part of a safe systems approach to road safety.
Commenting, Josh Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said:
“Connected and autonomous vehicles have huge potential to eliminate driver error and put an end to the daily tragedy of deaths and serious injuries on our roads. We support the leading role being played by UK government on this important agenda for the future of safety and mobility.
“Connected and autonomous vehicles, and their implications, are hugely complex and so it is vital that people and their needs are put at the centre of this technological shift. As well as offering huge advances in safety these developments must also help increase active travel, increasing space for people in our towns and cities, rather than diminishing it.”
Notes to editors:
- Government announcement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-moves-forward-on-advanced-trials-for-self-driving-vehicles