ABI and Thatcham claim limited automated driving could be here in two years, but governments, carmakers and drivers must act responsibly
Motorists could be able to watch a film or send emails and text messages from behind the wheel after 2021, according to the UK’s insurance industry and its safety research centre.
The claims come in a report by Thatcham Research and the Association of British Insurers (ABI), which analysis the challenges posed by self-driving cars over the coming years.
“Limited” automation, which would see specific motorways geofenced for self driving cars could be possible by 2021, according to the document’s authors. Full automation, which could see a car’s occupants safely fall asleep – is unlikely to arrive until “beyond 2025”, though.
But while predicted dates for levels of automation form part of the report, its main focus is on standardising the messages, terminology and functionality surrounding self-driving cars providing “a framework for regulatory definitions” to support regulators and vehicle manufacturers.
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