Germany takes the first step towards autonomous vehicles on public roads
German lawmakers have agreed to allow some self-driving cars on public roads, as a first step towards the possibility of autonomous driving in Europe’s largest economy.
Lawmakers in the lower house of parliament passed a law enabling autonomous driving under certain conditions.
According to the scenarios, this includes small buses and freight vehicles, on short distances.
“This is that the 1st legal framework within the world for autonomous driving in regular operations,” aforementioned Ulrich photographer, Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Germany is expected to expand investment in autonomous driving technology.
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The greatest advances so far in this field have been made in the United States and China.
The legislation enables fourth-level autonomy – meaning that a car can drive without a driver under certain conditions. For a car to qualify as such, Germany requires that people nevertheless be inside the car, as in the side seat, or even accessed through other equipment.
The German government expects the first projects over the next year. The upper house must pass the law.