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Automated Vehicles Bill introduced by UK Government

7 November 2023

The Kings Speech included an announcement that government would introduce an Automoted Vehicles Bill including new legal frameworks to support the safe commercial development of emerging industries, such as self-driving vehicles...” 

Self-driving vehicles will make transport safer, more convenient and more accessible, improving the lives of millions of people. With 88 per cent of accidents currently involving human error, the potential for automated vehicles to reduce costs, injuries, and fatalities is enormous. They will empower people across the country to get around more easily, including to school or work which will boost productivity. it wills et a rigorous safety framework for self-driving vehicles, with safety at its core:

  The announcement emphasised that self-driving vehicles have the potential to improve road safety by reducing human error:

  • tragically, there were 1,695 road casualties in 2022, and in 2021 88 per cent of all recorded collisions on roads in Great Britain involved human error as a contributory factor;
  • Institute for Engineering and Technology research suggests that for every 10,000 errors made by drivers, a self-driving vehicle will make just one;
  • safety gains from self-driving vehicles will not be a linear process, and there may well be incidents involving self-driving vehicles in the future. However, this legislative framework will allow and ensure that these incidents are appropriately investigated, responded to and learnt from.