France will soon free its hands for autonomous driving –

Reality is about to catch up with fiction. More and more manufacturers are offering driving aids or even semi-autonomous driving. Rated on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 is autonomous driving when no one is driving), autonomous driving is spreading in new vehicles.

While most are limited to level 2, i.e. adaptive speed adapter and trajectory assist, driver presence and concentration are still important and manufacturers have implemented safety devices to ensure the driver keeps their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road .

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With the advent of Level 3, the driver can (partially) take their eyes off the road and no longer have to keep their hands on the steering wheel. However, he must remain in the driver’s seat and be able to regain control quickly.

For all those who grew up with sci-fi movies and TV shows (and who dreamed of owning a K2000 car), these technologies are slowly becoming a reality. Although vehicles have potential, the legal basis for the use of autonomous driving has not yet been established.

In September, Level 3 driving (without hands) will be allowed in France on certain axles, such as expressways and motorways, at speeds below 60 km/h. Thus, usage initially limits the system to congested traffic.

2023, 130 km/h limit

The new regulation, which France must adopt from 1 January 2023, increases this limit to 130 km/h, allowing autonomous driving on motorways.

The rules also provide that a vehicle can decide (and do so) to overtake on its own. Of course, certain restrictions remain, such as the restriction of hands-free driving in lanes that are prohibited for pedestrians and have a central divider.


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