New automotive technologies could unblock congested highways, deliver a step change in road safety and provide the basis for rapid industrial growth – but the DfT will need to develop a comprehensive strategy to maximise the benefits of new motoring technology, according to the Transport Committee.
The Transport Committee is today (6 Mar) launching a report titled ‘Motoring of the Future’ which follows a wide-ranging inquiry into technologies including telematics and autonomous vehicles.
Following the inquiry, the Transport Select Committee is calling on the DfT to:
• Clarify how the introduction of self-driving cars will affect the liabilities of drivers, manufacturers and insurers.
• Positively engage in setting international standards that will help UK manufacturers develop products suitable for export.
• Ask the information commissioner to update guidelines on the collection and use of vehicle data.
• Use data on driver behaviour held by the insurance industry and others to inform policy making and improve road safety.
Louise Ellman MP, chair of Transport Committee, said: “Motoring is being transformed by new materials, new fuels and information technology. The Government must do more to ensure that people and businesses in the UK benefit from this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
"The public need to be sure that new types of vehicles are safe to travel on our roads. The Government must do more to prepare for a transition period where manual, semi-autonomous and driverless vehicles will share UK roads.
“Transport ministers must explain how different types of vehicles will be certified and tested, how drivers will be trained and how driving standards will be updated, monitored and enforced."
Commenting on the Transport Committee’s findings, Neil Greig, IAM director of policy, said: “Computerised vehicles will generate information on an epic scale. In the not so distant future a hacker could do more damage than a drunk driver. Getting system security right must be a top priority.”