UK aims for fully self-driving cars by 2026

  • Transport Secretary Mark Harper announces UK’ aims to allow self-driving cars by 2026.
  • The Automated Vehicles Bill will set legal and safety standards for manufacturers.
  • The move is part of a plan to create a £42 billion industry and 38,000 jobs by 2035.

The UK government, under the guidance of Transport Secretary Mark Harper, has outlined a plan to welcome self-driving cars onto British roads as early as 2026. The announcement comes as part of a broader technological legal framework aimed at fostering job creation and attracting investments within the sector.

Automated Vehicles Bill: Safeguarding UK’s transportation future

Introduced as part of the legislative agenda by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, the proposed Automated Vehicles Bill will establish a legal safety benchmark for companies manufacturing autonomous vehicles. It represents a shift of responsibility towards manufacturers and prohibits misleading marketing, particularly regarding the full autonomy of such vehicles.

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Greater clarity in marketing required

Harper, in a Thursday interview, highlighted the possibility of seeing fully autonomous vehicles on public roads by 2026. In light of this, misleading promotions, such as Tesla’s so-called “Full Self-Driving capability,” would require greater clarity. Manufacturers will be compelled to describe their vehicles as autonomous only if they genuinely meet the criteria, thus avoiding customer and driver confusion.


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The legislative strategy is part of a comprehensive plan to develop a £42 billion industry by 2035, expected to generate 38,000 jobs in the UK. The legislation will undergo a thorough parliamentary process in the coming months before it can be enacted into law.

In a move that aligns with global advancements in automotive technology, the UK positions itself at the forefront of this transformative industry, setting robust standards for the advent of autonomous vehicles.


Flavie Du

Flavie Du was a senior writer at BTW media focused on blockchain and fintech investment. She graduated from King’s College London.

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