Drivers in the UK will effectively be allowed to watch television while behind the wheel of a self-driving car, according to new rules released by the country’s Transport Ministry. Although drivers are currently prohibited from watching “non-driving content” on “television receivers”, this rule would be repealed in certain circumstances when the proposals take effect. New rules should be introduced in the British Road Act during the summer, according to BBC News. By the way, there are currently no such vehicles in the UK.
Using a mobile phone while driving remains illegal
The ability to watch television comes with certain limitations. The car will have to drive alone at that time, and the driver must be ready to take control of the vehicle again if necessary. It is important that drivers will be allowed to watch the content only “through the built-in infotainment device”. This means that the infotainment system can stop showing a TV show or movie when the car needs the driver’s attention, unlike the phone. The use of a hand-held telephone while driving, regardless of its use, will remain illegal.
But perhaps the most important limitation is that the new rules apply only to cars registered as self-driving under British law, and the page listing such vehicles is now blank. There are currently no self-driving vehicles listed for use in the UK. ” However, the Traffic Department is optimistic that the first such vehicles could be ready for use “later this year”, although the exact technical standard that the car will have to achieve in order to be called “self-driving” is currently unclear.
However, the proposed rules clearly show that “self-driving” differs from cars with “assisted driving functions”, which can cope with some driving tasks, but leave the driver overall responsible. Examples include cruise control and lane keeping assistance
The new rules are intended as a temporary measure ahead of the full regulatory framework to be introduced in 2025. In addition to changing the screen usage rules, the Highway Act is also being updated to clarify important differences between self-driving and driving assistance technology. it will also offer more details on the rules that still apply to the driver even when behind the wheel of a car that drives on its own (such as within the legal limits of intoxication).
Source: PC Press by pcpress.rs.
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