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The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a consultation on the use of the Automated Lane Keeping System (ALKS), which can take control of vehicles at low speeds.
The automation technology will allow drivers to “delegate the task of driving to the vehicle”, while driving at speeds of up to 70mph, by keeping the car in its lane and controlling its movements. However, the driver must be ready to resume driving when prompted by the car to do so.
Transport minister Rachel Maclean said automated technology “could make driving safer, smoother and easier for motorists, and the UK should be the first country to see these benefits, attracting manufacturers to develop and test new technologies”.
“The UK’s work in this area is world leading and the results from this call for evidence could be a significant step forward for this exciting technology,” she said.
The ALKS Regulation was approved by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in June 2020, which means the technology could be available in cars from spring 2021.
The government is now seeking opinions from industry about proposed rules on using this system and how to safely introduce it within the current legal framework.
The government …
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