Self-driving cars could be on British roads by 2026, says transport secretary

Self-driving cars could be on British roads as early as 2026, Transport Secretary Mark Harper has said.

Asked if people could soon be travelling “with your hands off the wheel, doing your emails”, he agreed the prospect was possible in as little as three years’ time.

He told the BBC: “I think that’s when companies are expecting – in 2026, during that year – that we’ll start seeing this technology rolled out.”

Mr Harper said the innovation has “a huge number of potential uses”, including bolstering road safety and making it easier for disabled people to travel independently.

The Automated Vehicles Bill, which lays out a set of laws for using autonomous vehicles, was introduced into parliament in November, and the minister hopes it will pass through both Houses by the end of 2024.

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