by Nick Carey
LONDON (Reuters) – The UK on Wednesday became the first country to announce that it would regulate the use of autonomous vehicles at reduced speed, with the possible presence on the roads of such vehicles as of this year.
The UK Department for Transport said it was working on the specific terms of an update to the Highway Code to add autonomous systems. The speed of these vehicles will be limited to 60 km / h, the government said.
While London’s goal is to be at the forefront in the field, the Transport Department anticipates that around 40% of new vehicles will have autonomous systems by 2035, with the creation of some 38,000 jobs. qualified.
“The auto industry welcomes this vital step in enabling autonomous vehicles to be used on UK roads, which will put Britain at the forefront of road safety and automotive technology,” said the boss of the national federation of manufacturers, Mike Hawes, in a statement.
(French version Jean Terzian)