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House of Lords to investigate potential impact of driverless cars

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The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will begin its inquiry to investigate driverless vehicles and their future on UK roads on Tuesday 1 November. The Committee will hear evidence from government officials and leading academic experts.


Fully autonomous driving systems are under development by a number of manufactures, including Mercedes-Benz.

The deployment of driverless vehicles on UK roads raises many questions from who would be legally responsible in the case of accident to whether the UK is making sufficient preparations to infrastructure and regulation development.

This session will allow the Committee to assess how far away the UK realistically is from the deployment of driverless vehicles on roads.

The Committee will hear from experts including Ian Yarnold, International Vehicle Standards Division for DfT, Ian Forbes of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and Professor David Lane of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, Heriot-Watt University.

The session will also address if new autonomous vehicles can operate effectively on existing infrastructure or if the UK have to make significant new investments, what tools will be necessary for regulating the software and artificial intelligence of driverless cars, and the potential impact of autonomous vehicles on employment.

Findings will be presented in due course.

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Katie Beck

Katie joined Fleet World in 2012 as an editorial intern, following the completion of an English and American Literature BA from the University of East Anglia. She accepted a full-time position as an editorial assistant at the end of the internship period, and was promoted to the role of features editor in 2014. She works across the magazine and website portfolio, and administrates the social media channels.