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Lords to question ministers on implementation of driverless vehicles

The House of Lords is to continue its inquiry into driverless vehicles by questioning ministers and academics.

Driverless car

The committee will hear from transport minister John Hayes and Nick Hurd, minister for climate change and industry

The Science and Technology Committee will hear evidence from the Department for Transport, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as well as leading academics, as it explores how driverless vehicles fit into wider transport strategy and policy and what the Government is doing to ensure knowledge gained in their development benefits all sectors.

The Committee will also examine with the academics the socio-economic aspects of the deployment of self-driving cars such as how much is really understood about human interaction with the technology.

The Committee will hear from transport minister John Hayes and Nick Hurd, minister for climate change and industry as well as Professor Sarah Sharples, Professor of Human Factors, Faculty of Engineering, Nottingham University, Professor Natasha Merat, Professor in Human Factors of Transport Systems, Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds and Andy Graham, consultant at ITS United Kingdom

Topics expected to come under focus include:

  • What benefits and drawbacks do you expect from the deployment of highly automated or autonomous vehicles in all sectors in the UK?
  • How will the Government ensure that the possible increased convenience of autonomous vehicles does not lead to an increase in journeys by car at the expense of active modes such as walking and cycling?
  • Is there a case for extending the role of Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles to include other Government departments to ensure knowledge gained in one sector is shared for the benefit of all?
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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.