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It’s driving, but not as we know it

For so long seen as a futuristic development, automated driving could be permitted on Britain’s motorways from next year. And the Government is keen to explore going further and faster than the EU, with automated control at speeds of up to 70mph

24 August 2020
The DfT asks how an ALKS?car would recognise a variable speed limit displayed on a gantry
The DfT asks how an ALKS?car would recognise a variable speed limit displayed on a gantry


Motorists in Britain could have their first experience of automated driving as soon as next year under proposals announced by the Government this week. Ministers plan to authorise the use of automated lane keeping system (ALKS) technology for car journeys on motorways. 

ALKS keeps a vehicle within its lane, controlling its movements for extended periods of time without any input from the driver. In June the United Nations Economic Committee for Europe (UNECE) – of which the UK is a...

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