Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS): Advanced but not yet automated

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Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS): Advanced but not yet automated

Published 29 octubre 2020

We have now submitted our response to the Department of Transport Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles’ Call for Evidence on the Safe use of Automated Lane Keeping System (“ALKS”) on motorways in Great Britain, maintaining our active engagement with the development of technology in transport policy and law.

In our response, we acknowledge that ALKS provides a tremendous opportunity for vehicle safety to move forward by potentially reducing the number of human-led accidents, provided that the government recognises that such systems, which use a combination of existing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) technologies, must be classified as driver assistance..

Our response highlights that a rush to define ALKS as automated driving for the purposes of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 (AEVA) gives rise to a risk of untested and inadequately prepared systems causing or worsening accidents. This risks the media questioning the safety of automated driving systems which, in turn risks undermining consumer confidence and setting back considerably the large scale adoption of advanced and automated vehicle technologies general.

In our response we vehemently oppose the classification of ALKS as automated driving system for the purposes of AEVA at this stage. The idea of classifying ALKS as an automated driving system can be revisited in the future when the technology improves, and real world data as to its strengths and weaknesses becomes available.

To read our full response to the Call for Evidence click HERE.

Authors

Peter Allchorne

Peter Allchorne

Bristol

+44 (0) 117 918 2275

Michael McCabe

Michael McCabe

London - Walbrook

+44 (0) 20 7894 6315

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