Lords investigates driverless cars

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has begun its inquiry to investigate driverless vehicles and their future on UK roads.

The deployment of driverless vehicles (also known as autonomous vehicles) on UK roads raises many questions from who would be legally responsible in the case of accident to whether the UK is making sufficient preparations to infrastructure and regulation development.

This session provides an opportunity for the committee to assess how far away the UK is from the deployment of driverless vehicles on roads. The Committee will also explore the progress sectors such as the marine industry and agriculture have made in developing their use off road.

The committee heard evidence from government officials and leading academic experts including Ian Yarnold, international vehicle standards division, Department for Transport; Iain Forbes, Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles; professor David Lane, professor of autonomous systems engineering, director of Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, Heriot-Watt University; Dr Rob Buckingham, director, UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), and Dr Simon Blackmore, head of engineering, Harper Adams.

The evidence session took place in the Palace of Westminster.