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Driverless Vehicles

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 22365, tabled on 21 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the expected timescale for self-driving vehicles to be permitted on roads.

Answered on

29 June 2022

We expect self-driving vehicles to be permitted on the roads in two ways:

(1) commercially available self-driving systems, that can drive in certain circumstances and which require a responsible human in the vehicle (such as those compliant with the Automated Lane Keeping System (ALKS) Regulation), will be deployed when a manufacturer brings a vehicle to market and it is approved; and

(2) self-driving passenger transport and logistics vehicles are also being trialled on the roads currently, and we anticipate progress towards the first deployment over the next 5 years.