Warnings over 2021 automated driving plans

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Published on 26 October 2020 by Mike Waters

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the automotive research centre Thatcham Research have warned that government plans to introduce automated lane keeping systems on British roads as soon as 2021 could put the public at risk.  

Existing plans to define automated lane keeping systems in cars as ‘automated driving’ would mean that a user could legally take their eyes off the road and their hands off the wheel. However, the ABI and Thatcham Research have called on the government to classify them as ‘assisted driving' technology instead because this would still require drivers to be in active control of a vehicle 

Thatcham Research’s Director of Research Matthew Avery said: “Motorists could feasibly watch television in their car from early next year because they believe their Automated Lane Keeping System can be completely trusted to do the job of a human driver. That’s not the reality.” 

Automated driving technology has yet to be perfected and a number of serious problems have yet to be solved. At present, solutions for the detection of debris in the carriageway and the closure of smart motorway lanes are still in development.  

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