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Britain moves closer to a self-driving revolution

20 April 2022

Changes to The Highway Code will help ensure the first wave of self-driving vehicles are used safely on UK roads.

  • government sets out changes to The Highway Code to ensure the first self-driving vehicles are introduced safely on UK roads
  • changes clarify drivers’ responsibilities in self-driving vehicles, including when a driver must be ready to take back control
  • future technology could improve and level up transport, easing congestion, cutting emissions and reducing collisions caused by human error

Drivers will be able to experience the full benefits of the first self-driving vehicles when they arrive, as government sets out how they should be driven safely on UK roads.

The government has confirmed planned changes to The Highway Code, responding to a public consultation, continuing to pave the way for safer, more efficient travel.

Autonomous road vehicles guidance and research is available here.