Drivers in Britain could be legally allowed to take their hands off the wheel to check their emails or read a newspaper in cars fitted with the latest technology ‘by the end of this year’, the Government has confirmed today.
In a statement issued by the Department for Transport, it said the first types of ‘self-driving’ vehicles fitted with Automated Lane Keeping Systems – or ALKS – could be permitted to steer themselves in slow moving traffic on motorways – but only at up to speeds of 37mph (60 kph) – before the end of 2021.
It is expected that this limit could be lifted to 70mph if the scheme is a success.
Marshall Motor Holdings Plc (LON:MMH), together with its subsidiaries, engages in retailing passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the United Kingdom. It sells new and used vehicles; and provides after sales services, such as servicing, body shop repairs, and parts sales.