UK To Introduce Fully-Autonomous Cars By 2021

Sweeping changes to regulations in the UK are set to pave the way for fully-autonomous vehicles to be on the country’s streets by 2021.

This week, Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to announce regulation changes in the budget which will permit driverless cars to test on public roads without any human operator inside or outside the vehicle. Additionally, the vehicles won’t be hit with the same legal constraints as other EU countries or the U.S.

The Guardian reports that Hammond wants to ensure that the UK is at the forefront of technological changes in the car industry as the nation prepares to leave the European Union in 2019.

Speaking about the forthcoming changes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Mike Hawes, said it will be good for the country.

“We support government’s measures to make the UK one of the best places in the world to develop, test and sell connected and autonomous vehicles. These vehicles will transform our roads and society, dramatically reducing accidents and saving thousands of lives every year, while adding billions of pounds to the economy. We look forward to continuing industry’s collaboration with government to ensure the UK can be among the first to grasp the benefits of this exciting new technology,” he said.


  • Craig

    It will be interesting to see how ‘it’ responds to ‘its’ first drunk driver.

    • Status

      Those damn ‘tech nerds’ wouldn’t bother to ever think, right?

  • rover10

    What about safety? Are they sure there wont be instances where the system will fail and lead to injury? Remember, this is the government ,which abolished the tax disc and wonder why the failure to relicense has tripled? I just think 2021 may be too early.

    • Knotmyrealname

      Think how far it’s come in the last few years and then exponentially forecast how it will get in the next few.

      • donald seymour

        No, he has a point. We’re dealing with British manufacturing which isn’t keen on technology reliability.

        • gary4205

          Hopefully Lucas isn’t building the electrics.

  • atomicbri

    I am still not sold on this tech. I saw where the vehicle in Las Vegas got it by the semi truck backing up and the people in the autonomous car said they couldn’t do anything to stop it. The car never honked at the truck or anything. Didn’t even move when it sensed it getting closer. I feel there needs to be much much more testing first before they are unleashed on the streets. Also all this does is make even less jobs (bye bye taxi drivers, bus drivers, transfer truck drivers, etc) and put out of work 1000’s if not 100.000s. Plus then you run the chance of these things being hacked and you think you are going to your destination when in reality kidnappers have hacked into it and drives you to some remote warehouse where they hold you for a ransom,. Yeah no thanks! I will drive myself.

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