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Experts warn new driving law could ‘put lives at risk’ and ‘threaten road safety'


New driving proposals “threaten road safety” as drivers may incorrectly believe they are able to take their concentration away from the road completely. Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS) only meet two of the 12 key safety principles, according to analysis from Thatchams Research.

The technology would force a driver to stay in lane and continue at motorway speed which would reduce the motorist’s ability to avoid a collision.

They warn that ALKS tools may be unable to recognise red crosses above smart motorways which could see thousands of road users break the law.

If this is programmed into a car, the vehicle may identify the red cross as a symbol to stop which would lead to extra hazards and possible traffic chaos.

Mr Avery said the fools needed a “quantum leap in development” to cope with real-world scenarios.

This is vital for insurance firms to determine whether the driver or the car manufacturer would be at fault in the event of a collision.

James Dalton, ABI Director, General Insurance Policy has warned that the systems launch date should be “revised” until further investigations have been conducted.

He said: “The insurance industry is 100 percent committed to supporting the development of automated vehicles, which have the potential to dramatically improve road safety and revolutionise our transport systems.

“Vehicles equipped with an automated lane-keeping system are a great step towards developing automated vehicles.

“However, drivers must not be given unrealistic expectations about a system’s capability. Thatcham Research has identified some concerning scenarios where ALKS may not operate safely without the driver intervening.

“We strongly believe the timings for the introduction of ALKS should be revised to prevent lives being put at risk.”



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