Self-driving vehicles will be rolled out in the UK from 2026

EFE.- Self-driving cars will arrive on British roads at the end of 2026, according to the UK Transport Secretary, Mark Harper.

Speaking to the “Today” program on BBC Radio 4, he confirmed that the first elements of this type of vehicle will appear in circulation within two years, although the technology will be applied “gradually.”

“It has a large number of potential uses, the most obvious being that approximately 88% of current accidents are caused by some type of driver error,” he said.

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In this way, he considered that self-driving cars could improve road safety, which is “a real victory for everyone,” including drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.

In addition, he pointed to the “huge economic opportunity” that this sector represents for the UK, and stressed that it will facilitate access to transport for people who cannot currently drive.

On the other hand, he expressed his hope that self-driving laws would receive the green light from the British Parliament at the end of 2024.

In early November, the British executive announced new legislation to ensure the safety of autonomous vehicles on UK roads.

Specifically, the government highlighted that this type of transportation must meet “stringent safety requirements,” and stated that it would create 38,000 jobs.

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