Election ‘risks delaying’ introduction of automated vehicles

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Automotive trade body the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders is lobbying MPs to back the Automated Vehicles (AV) Bill.

The Bill got its second reading in the House of Commons in early March. The SMMT warned that  should the legislation be delayed until after the general election, it is unlikely there will be self-driving vehicles on UK roads until 2030.

It said rival markets in the EU and US already have regulatory frameworks in place and have captured the lead, deploying the tech on public roads now.

Mike Hawes, SMMT CEO, said, “Backing the AV Bill now is fundamental if Britain is to not only develop but deploy self-driving passenger cars and services.

“We have the foundations, but other major markets are stealing a march, with regulation already in place allowing them to benefit from UK-developed self-driving tech that cannot be rolled out here.

“Any further delay risks leaving Britain in the slow lane, jeopardising our competitiveness and holding back the significant safety and economic rewards self-driving technology can deliver.”

YouGov research commissioned by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) found that nearly a third of adults (29%) would use an automated bus, shuttle or taxi service if available today, with one in four (26%) likely to try self-driving features in a personal car – even though they have yet to experience the technology.3

The poll also found that young people are even keener, with Generation Z (18-27 year-olds) almost twice (34%) as likely to try a personal car with self-driving features than Baby Boomers (18%) (60-78 year-olds).

Automotive trade body the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders is lobbying MPs to back the Automated Vehicles (AV) Bill.

The Bill got its second reading in the House of Commons in early March. The SMMT warned that  should the legislation be delayed until after the general election, it is unlikely there will be self-driving vehicles on UK roads until 2030.

It said rival markets in the EU and US already have regulatory frameworks in place and have captured the lead, deploying the tech on public roads now.

Mike Hawes, SMMT CEO, said, “Backing the AV Bill now is fundamental if Britain is to not only develop but deploy self-driving passenger cars and services.

“We have the foundations, but other major markets are stealing a march, with regulation already in place allowing them to benefit from UK-developed self-driving tech that cannot be rolled out here.

“Any further delay risks leaving Britain in the slow lane, jeopardising our competitiveness and holding back the significant safety and economic rewards self-driving technology can deliver.”

YouGov research commissioned by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) found that nearly a third of adults (29%) would use an automated bus, shuttle or taxi service if available today, with one in four (26%) likely to try self-driving features in a personal car – even though they have yet to experience the technology.3

The poll also found that young people are even keener, with Generation Z (18-27 year-olds) almost twice (34%) as likely to try a personal car with self-driving features than Baby Boomers (18%) (60-78 year-olds).

 

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