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Budget 2017: Legal pothole in roadmap for driverless cars

Budget 2017: Legal pothole in roadmap for driverless cars

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced during the 2017 Budget that the government plans to invest £500 million into a programme designed to have fully automated cars on the roads by 2021. Frankfurt-based White & Case partner Markus Burianski said: "Before driverless cars appear on British roads, lawmakers need to decide whether to keep drivers — or rather passengers — in the liability loop. Even if autonomous vehicles eventually become hundreds of times safer than human driving, accidents will still happen. As with every new technology, the right balance therefore depends on the increase in security and not on absolute security. To ensure that the products put on the market at least several times outperform human driving, the industry and lawmakers will need to implement a robust testing mechanism." Click here to read more (paywall).