They have long been a staple of any vision of a future world, but should driverless cars be allowed on motorways? Will they minimise or increase the threat of road traffic accidents?
For some, the presence of driverless cars on motorways has become a case of when, not if. As you might expect, it’s a debate that has divided opinion. Some simply can’t wait for this amazing technology to take off. Others are extremely fearful of the risks and potential dangers associated with it.
When will driverless cars be allowed on motorways?
In the 2016 budget, then-chancellor George Osborne announced that driverless cars will be trialled on roads in 2017.
The plan is to trial the vehicles with ‘truck platooning.’ This is where fleets of trucks will drive in a line. The lead truck will be controlled by a human driver and all trucks will retain control of steering. However, all acceleration and braking in the following trucks will be automated, based on the movements of the lead truck.
Part of the plan includes a ‘connected corridor’ to be built between London and Dover. This is to allow the driverless vehicles to communicate with both infrastructure and other vehicles during the trials.
Of course, this is only a trial. It isn’t a definitive answer on whether driverless cars will be allowed on motorways. However, it is clearly a step in that direction. If the trial doesn’t succeed, the people behind it aren’t going to pack up and go home. Technology will keep advancing, the vehicles will keep improving. It seems that driverless cars being allowed on motorways is going to happen sooner rather than later.
As mentioned, for some this is very exciting. It’s tomorrow’s world today. Others have serious concerns over safety on the roads. Of course, human error causes a number of car crashes and other vehicle collisions. However, they also prevent a number of traffic accidents through quick evasive action.
Making a claim
If you’re involved in an accident on the road – driverless car or not – remember you may be due compensation. If the accident:
- Occurred in the last three years
- Wasn’t your fault
- Caused injuries which have been accessed by a medical professional
Then you have a case for road accident compensation. A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can set you on your way.
Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis and usually settle out of court. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: April 24, 2017
Author: Accident Advice