The UK Will Allow “Self Driving” Cars On The Road This Year

Fernando Menjura, Writer

The Department of Transport and the government of the United Kingdom have been looking into the idea of releasing new technology to the public: an automated lane-keeping system (known as ALKS) that, when integrated into vehicles, makes them “self-driving.” Various data has been provided to the government and The Department of Transport on crash courses, and countless hours of trial and error have been taken to provide ultimate safety. 

Many car enthusiasts have been waiting for the release of these cars, such as the 2020 Tesla model S, 2020 Cadillac CT6, and BMW X7. Top automobile manufacturers are the only ones that have a chance of providing their new technology to the public. For safety, the technology used has been ensured to control the position of the car on the road, as well as the speed of a car in a single lane. Many people dislike the fact that when using this ALKS technology, the car’s speed can not exceed over 37 mph or the ALKS system will be deactivated for safety hazards.

For any of these “self-driving” cars to be put on the market, they must require a GB type approval, which is what allows any type of car to be released on the market. The car manufacturing company must show proof that the cars with this ALKS have no challenges performing out on the road with the new system. If proper evidence is provided, the government confirms that the driver of the vehicle would not have to be monitoring the road and not have to have their hands on the steering wheel as long as the “self driving” system is activated. The system has multiple sensors that surround the car, alerting the driver that they will need to take control of the car in under 10 seconds. If for some reason the driver is unable to take control, the vehicle will light up the brake lights and begin to come to a stop.

The reason for such technology to start being used is to prevent human error when driving. The sensors used and the car’s ability to react to movements in a split second will, hopefully, improve road safety.