Driverless cars – the UK government is due to announce the outcome of its call for evidence and competition for testing locations shortly. Since we last blogged on the topic we have been developing our thinking on the issues. In our view, the legal and regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles needs to be divided into two separate concepts – navigational control and critical event control. These present different issues for lawmakers and regulators and require a different testing and approval regime. So far testing and regulation seems to be entirely focused on navigational control, with an alert driver at the ready in case any problems arise.
We discuss how the missing critical event control dimension could be addressed, comparing it to the rigorous phased testing of medicines. Read the full article here.