New laws for driverless cars arrive in the UK

New international road laws from the United Nations could see British motorists being able to drive hands-free vehicles on the motorway at 81 mph.

The details for the proposed legislation are set to be published next month, but the law could be put in place as soon as 2018.

This means that consumers buying new and used Ford cars in Dorset and across the rest of the UK in the future will be able to use the driverless function of their cars on Britain’s motorways and A-roads.

According to an article on the Daily Mail, motorists will still have to wear seatbelts and will only be able to take their hands off the steering wheel without any intervention for up to three minutes.

Regulations to be expanded

The new law will be expanded from 2021 to include other road classification categories, although which specific categories has not yet been confirmed.

The new driverless car laws have not only been toasted by car manufacturers, but also by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Speaking last month about driverless cars, he said, “Driverless cars could represent the most fundamental change to transport since the invention of the internal combustion engine.

“Naturally we need to ensure safety, and that's what the trials we are introducing will test.

“If successful, we could see driverless cars available for sale and on Britain's roads, boosting UK jobs and productivity.”

The UN economic commission for Europe, who are behind the new driverless legislation plans, added, “As human errors are the main reason for road traffic accidents, driving automatically controlled by a computer is expected to make future road transport safer.

“It has also the potential to be more environmentally friendly, efficient and accessible.”

Recently Ford successfully tested their driverless cars in snow. You can see a clip from the tests below.

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