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December 23, 2016

Norway consults on autonomous public road testing

Norway's Government is sending out a proposal for consultation on a new law which would allow self-driving vehicles on Norwegian roads, with the aim to have a bill passed by Parliament next Spring.

Norway’s Government is sending out a proposal for consultation on a new law which would allow self-driving vehicles on Norwegian roads, with the aim to have a bill passed by Parliament next Spring.

“Advanced driver assistance systems are developing rapidly – these systems will free drivers from many tasks involved in driving,” said Norwegian Minister of Transport, Ketil Solvik-Olsen.

“Moreover, these developments can make road systems more efficient and aid in land use planning while simplifying and improving mobility.”

Self-driving vehicles will be introduced gradually with only “technologically mature systems” approved for testing, with the purpose of understanding the effects self-driving vehicles have on traffic safety, traffic efficiency and mobility, as well as what impact they will have on the environment.

The consultation explains how an application process could be set up to issue permits to persons or companies which wish to test the new technology on Norwegian roads. It also suggests some conditions for approving such permits.

“Allowing testing of self-driving vehicles by the public within a safe framework will provide valuable information and experience we can use to develop such technologies in the future, added Solvik-Olsen.

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