Look no hands!
By the end of this year self-driving vehicles could be on UK roads.
According to a statement by the Department for Transport (DfT) journeys of the future could ease congestion, cut emissions and reduce human error. Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS) are a first example of self-driving technology, and will be limited to speeds of up to 37mph on motorways.
Designed for use on a motorway in slow traffic, ALKS enables a vehicle to drive itself in a single lane, while maintaining the ability to easily and safely return control to the driver when required. The concept is strongly supported by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
The DfT notes technology could improve road safety by reducing human error, which contributes to over 85% of accidents. The driver will be able to hand control over to the vehicle, which will constantly monitor speed and keep a safe distance from other cars.
The announcement comes as a consultation on The Highway Code rules is launched to ensure the first wave of this technology is used safely and responsibly. This consultation will conclude on 28 May.