Experts are split on whether ALKS technology, which can momentarily take control of key car functions, should be listed under a new law which would make insurance firms liable for costs. The Automated and Electric Vehicle (AEV) Act 2018 introduced a new form of liability by which an insurer becomes liable for accidents when cars are considered to be “driving itself”.

“The technology may have benefits but only as an extension of today’s Assisted driving technologies.”

However, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says new ALKS technology “is aligned” with the rules as the technology ensures vehicles can drive itself under certain situations.

They say the UK should list all ALKS cars without additional tests and checks despite this set to leave insurance firms horrified.

In evidence to the report, the SMMT said: “We believe the definition of an automated vehicle set out in AEVA 2018 is aligned with the requirements of Regulation 157 [The ALKS Regulation].

This is in addition to treating other road users with reasonable consideration and avoiding putting the car where it may cause a collision.

The Law Commission says when the car “transitions back” to the driver, all activities on the vehicle’s on-screen system will be cut off.

The driver should also be altered by warning signals, flashing lights and even vibrations through the seat.

Motorists should then be issued a ten-second warning before control is handed back to the driver to ensure they are alert and ready to take over.

David Bartos, Scottish law Commissioner said: “Automated vehicles have the potential to transform how we travel in the United Kingdom.

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“However we need to have the right regulations in place to ensure we protect the public whilst allowing this technology to thrive.”

“The responses to our consultation, from a wide range of stakeholders will help us to create a legal framework that achieves these aims.”



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