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House of Lords inquiry into driverless cars

Lord Selbourne is to chair a House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry into driverless cars. Interested individuals and organisations are invited to submit written evidence to the inquiry.

In a recent blog we looked at the collaborative projects between car manufacturers, town planners and high tech companies aimed at delivering a safe product in a safe environment and the issue of legal and moral responsibility in accidents involving driverless vehicles.

Extensive regulation will be needed to cover the production and use of driverless cars. Whether we like it or not, driverless vehicles will be with us in the near future. The Government aims ensure that the UK is a world leader in developing, testing and deploying ‘connected and autonomous vehicles.’ The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry will examine whether the actions taken by the Government are appropriate, having regard to the impacts, the benefits, research and development, how things will operate in the real world and wider governance.

The deadline for receiving written submissions is Wednesday 26 October 2016. Public hearings will be held in November 2016 and the Committee aims to produce the report and recommendations at the beginning of 2017.

Further information and instructions on how to respond to the call for evidence can be found here.

For further information on driverless cars, or if you have a query regarding a road traffic accident, please contact a member of our specialist team on 0800 316 8892.