The UK is taking its first steps towards self-driving cars
The UK is taking its first steps towards self-driving cars

The UK government announced on Wednesday that the first batch of self-driving cars will land on UK roads by the end of 2021, paving the way to catch up with the US and other countries.

The Transportation Department said Wednesday it has outlined how vehicles with automatic lane-keeping systems should be legally defined as self-driving.

This system was first used in Japan to keep cars in the lane while driving slowly on the highway while allowing the driver to take their hands off the steering wheel.

The UK Minister of Transport hailed the announcement as an important step towards the safe use of autonomous vehicles in the UK, adding that it could make future journeys easier and more reliable.

The government has said that vehicles with automatic lane departure warning systems on UK highways are limited to 60 kilometers per hour, which means they can only be used in heavy traffic.

The move could pave the way for fully autonomous vehicles in the future.

Subsequent rule changes could allow an increase in speed to 130 km / h, as well as more complex operations such as changing lanes and overtaking, and the system being used on fully mixed public roads.

To enable safe autonomous driving on long and complex journeys, consumers can read, chat, use their devices, etc. During the flight, subsequent changes are seen as more important.

Autonomous driving systems can prevent 47,000 serious accidents and save 3,900 people over the next 10 years.

The government says autonomous driving technology can help reduce traffic congestion in urban areas where traffic lights and vehicles can communicate with each other.

She added that connected and autonomous driving technologies could create around 38,000 new jobs and the industry could reach 42 billion pounds ($ 58 billion) by 2035.

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