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Autonomous driving legal next year
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According to BBC - Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV will be the first car allowed on certain motorways "hands free" - which to me looks like they mean "Autonomous" driving will be allowed...it willl only be available on subscription....
Thatcham Research, an automotive research firm, said it was important to note that this is not a self-driving car but is "the next development in assisted driving technology".
It does control steering, brakes and accelerator - which again looks like "autonomous" to me ?
So there will effectively be an extremely low number of cars around with drivers who are drunk, on their mobile phones, reading newspapers and/or watching TV
Scary times ahead
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They cannot be on their phones, reading newspapers or watching TV, they are required to keep their eyes on the road as they remain the responsible driver and the system has a camera to ensure this happens
Note that this is for full self driving cars licensed for autonomous driving test programs (L5), it does not include currently deployed systems used in production cars which are Level 1-3 in most cases and are occasionally capable of L4, although not licensed for such use.
Now on UK roads there are normally too many twists and turns and speed changes for one to actually not participate in driving safely. But in other countries - US/Canada/Australia to name just a few - it has been possible for decades to sleep at the wheel as long as your vehicle is aimed in the right direction and your wheels are aligned well enough that you don't drift to the side. Not recommending this of course.
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For all the potential failings of autonymous driving systems, I think it's worthwhile bearing in mind the benefits i.e. the almost instant reaction time when they detect obstacles, slowing traffic ahead etc - rather than relying on the tired / distracted / drunk driver to do something about it.