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House of Lords to scrutinise autonomous technology

By Simon Warburton | 18 November 2016

House of Lords to scrutinise driverless vehicles and how they fit into society needs

House of Lords to scrutinise driverless vehicles and how they fit into society needs

Britain's House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will continue its inquiry investigating driverless vehicles on 22 November, hearing evidence from the Department for Transport, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, as well as leading academics.

The Committee will explore with government Ministers how driverless vehicles fit into wider transport strategy and policy and what the administration is doing to ensure knowledge gained in their development benefits all sectors.

The Committee will also examine with academics the socio-economic aspects of the deployment of self-driving cars, such as how much is really understood about human interaction with the technology.

A statement from the House of Lords noted the Committee is likely to ask:

. How might information be obtained on drivers' attitudes to using, and buying, automated vehicles or sharing the streets with them?

. How much is known and understood about the behaviour and interaction of people with the technology used for autonomous vehicles?

. What benefits and drawbacks do you expect from the deployment of highly automated or autonomous vehicles in all sectors in the UK?

. How will the government ensure that the possible increased convenience of autonomous vehicles does not lead to an increase in journeys by car at the expense of active modes such as walking and cycling?

. Is there a case for extending the role of Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles to include other government departments to ensure knowledge gained in one sector is shared for the benefit of all?