MOT tests may soon introduce the clause when driverless cars hit the road to ensure safety and quality standards are maintained for road users. The new safety standard known as CAV PASS, will help minimise defects ahead of testing and wider deployment of autonomous cars on UK roads.
The new measures will first focus on enabling trialling for self driving vehicles but the aim is to asssure security for cars when they are finally sold to the public.
The scheme is part of an ongoing project to build the first code of practice for automated vehicle trials so scientists can build the cars of the future.
The scheme was announced back in September 2019 by former Transport Minister George Freeman.
Mr Freeman said self driving vehicles could offer significant rewards to the UK economy, road safety and accessibility for the nation.
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“We support the leading role being played by UK government on this important agenda for safe mobility and the safety assurance regime will undoubtedly be fundamental to its future success.”
However, one of the leading threats is the risk of scammers hacking into and controlling the vehicles.
There are fears hackers could gridlock entire city streets by simply preventing cars from moving at all.
Scientists have calculated hacking just 10 percent of all cars at rush hour could debilitate traffic levels which could prevent emergency services from getting to accident scenes.
Meanwhile hacking 20 percent of all traffic could see traffic freeze across major cities as cars are left stranded.
Some driverless cars may operate with one central computing system which could topple a car if tapped into by criminals.
The Law Commission has said driverless cars could be stopped by simple hazards such as leaves, seagulls or even snow which could cause gridlock in cities.
The Commission says there is a risk cars could suffer “frozen robot syndrome” where the technology will not understand what to do next.
Cars may see the object in front of them and automatically stop despite their being no danger to a vehicle or road users.
This could lead to a build up of congestion on roads in major cities and lead to a nightmare if cars are unable to be restarted until obstacles are moved.
The Law Commission says a new national regulation scheme and licencing system should be introduced to avoid anyone purchasing a driverless car without checks.
They say equality laws should be applied with operators facing the loss of their licence for discrimination against motorists.
They have pushed for the growing needs of elderly drivers to be included in designs from the start to avoid many being left out.
The Commission says elderly people often rely on a driver to help them in some circumstances and warned support could be “difficult to replicate” through a driverless vehicle.
Published at Tue, 02 Jun 2020 06:30:00 +0000