Government seeks industry input on automated vehicle tech


The Department for Transport has launched a call for evidence, focusing on the ‘automated lane keeping system’, otherwise known as ALKS.

According to the department, the solution is designed to assume control of automated vehicles when travelling at low speed, thereby keeping them in lane while on the motorway. The government is seeking input from industry regarding the role of the driver in this scenario, as well as proposed rules on the use of the system.

It is also asking for views on a proposal to allow use of the system on British roads, at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.

A spokesperson for the government said: “The call for evidence will ask whether vehicles using this technology should be legally defined as an automated vehicle. [This] would mean that the technology provider would be responsible for the safety of the vehicle when the system is engaged, rather than the driver.”

Transport minister Rachel Maclean said: “Automated technology could make driving safer, smoother and easier for motorists. The UK should be the first country to see these benefits, attracting manufacturers to develop and test new technologies.

"The UK’s work in this area is world-leading and the results from this call for evidence could be a significant step forward for this exciting technology.”

ALKS regulation was approved by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in June of this year. The technology is predicted to be available in cars entering the UK market from Spring 2021.

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