Drivers behind the wheel of self-driving (or rather partially self-driving) cars will also be bored by the summer amendment to the UK Road Traffic, which will be one of the first traffic regulation packages in Europe to add slots specifically for autonomous vehicles.
Although the use of the car’s self-driving feature is not yet permitted on British roads, local road traffic regulations may soon be added to try to catch up on a number of problems associated with self-driving. For example, what the driver can do with himself when he is not busy driving.
The planned amendment to the English Highway Code also thinks of those who are bored to death by plowing in a long but slow traffic jam, so it includes a passage stating that in self-driving (lane keeping) mode the driver can even watch TV, provided that
- the vehicle speed is less than 37 mph (approximately 60 km / h),
- and watch TV through the vehicle’s own infotainment system.
However, the planned change in the law will continue to severely prohibit mobile use while driving, whether or not it is a self-driving car.
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According to road safety experts, the primary reason for this is that the legislature wants the driver to be able to take control of an emergency as soon as possible – the car’s own on-board entertainment system can help by shutting off all distractions (including TV) immediately. ), however, this is not possible in the case of mobile use.
Another less technological aspect of the UK change is that it will relieve the driver (or, as the regulation puts it, the user) of liability in the event of an accident, and insurers will be more vigilant for the damage.
Source: HWSW Informatikai Hírmagazin by www.hwsw.hu.
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