UK self-driving car users are not responsible for collisions: Legal Commission


According to the new proposal, the person holding the steering wheel of a self-driving car should not be liable if involved in a collision.

A joint report by the Legal Review Board recommends a clear distinction between driver-assisting features such as adaptive cruise control and autonomous driving features.

The English and Wales Law Commissions and the Scottish Law Commission mean that people in the driver’s seat of self-driving cars will not be prosecuted “in case something goes wrong” such as speeding or running a red light. I asked for a revision of the law.

Under this plan, technology licensed companies or organizations will face sanctions instead.

Anyone in the driver’s seat will continue to be responsible for other obligations such as obtaining insurance, checking luggage, and checking that children and passengers are wearing seat belts.

The Law Commission also recommended that passenger services provided by self-driving cars be made especially available to the elderly and disabled.

QC, Public Law Commissioner Nicholas Paynes, said the UK has “an unprecedented opportunity to promote public acceptance of self-driving cars.”

David Baltos, Scottish Legal Commissioner, said the proposal focuses on “encouraging innovation and development while ensuring safety and accountability.”

Transport Minister Trudy Harrison said the development of self-driving cars in the UK “may revolutionize travel and make everyday travel safer, easier and more environmentally friendly.” ..

She goes on to say: “This government encourages the development and deployment of these technologies and understands their benefits.

“But in order to build public trust, we need to ensure that proper regulation is enforced, based on safety and accountability.”

Fully unmanned vehicles are not yet legally permitted in the UK, but self-driving features are being developed by automakers.

Last April, the Ministry of Transport announced that it would allow vehicles equipped with lane keeping technology to drive hands-free at speeds of up to 37mph on congested highways.

Matthew Avery, Chief Research Strategy Officer at Satcham Research, a road safety organization that contributed to the report’s consultation, warned that the move to self-driving cars is “risk”.

He states: “In the next 12 months, UK cars may see the first iteration of self-driving features.

“It is important that the Commission’s report emphasizes the driver’s legal obligations and how the driver must understand that the vehicle is not yet fully autonomous.”

The governments of the United Kingdom, Scotland and Wales will decide whether to accept the recommendations of the report.

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