In August 2020 the Department for Transport (DfT) launched a consultation on Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS), designed for motorways to take over control of the dynamic driving task at low speeds. The DfT invited views from the insurance industry about how best to safely deploy this emerging technology on UK roads, and within the current legal framework.
BLM’s Motor Practice Group has engaged with the call for evidence, offering insight into vehicle data, accident investigations, driver education, testing, type approval, categorisation, interactions with conventional road traffic, among other key factors.
In relation to education, the DVSA’s “national standard for driving cars and light vans” sets out the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to be a safe and responsible driver, and aims to prescribe what’s needed to train, test and assesses drivers. We would propose that the training and assessments be adapted to include the safe operation of an ALKS system, together with other assisted and also, automated driving functionality.
For further information about our consultation response and to discuss the future of automated vehicles, including the impact on the motor insurance claims landscape, please contact Head of Motor, Kerris Dale.