Are self-driving cars coming out soon?

Friday 22nd March 2024

The UK government plans to have the first wave of cars with self-driving capabilities on the road by 2025. Manufacturers aim to raise awareness of vehicles with self-driving technology in the UK from 2026. 

Are self-driving cars legal in the UK? 

No, self-driving cars are currently illegal in the UK. The Automated Vehicles Bill was announced by King Charles during his first King’s Speech in November 2023. This outlined plans to deploy self-driving vehicles on UK roads in the next few years. 

Are self-driving cars safe? 

Statistically, self-driving cars are safer than vehicles operated by a driver behind the wheel. Theoretically, the algorithms and software used remove the possibility of potential distractions and human error being made. The sensors and cameras on a self-driving car can anticipate any hazards that are coming up, as well as be aware of pedestrians crossing the road.  

The benefits of self-driving cars 

While you cannot drive a self-driving car in the UK, we’ve outlined some advantages of autonomous vehicles: 

  • Reduce the number of accidents or deaths on UK roads. 
  • Offer more freedom and independence for people with disabilities. 
  • Improve productivity. 

Do I need to take another test to drive a self-driving car? 

No. If you already have a full driving licence, you won’t need another driving test to drive an autonomous car.  

Will self-driving cars require an annual MOT? 

Yes. Like regular vehicles, self-driving cars will require an annual MOT to ensure the vehicle is legal to drive on UK roads, as well as being taxed and insured.   

Self-driving cars are one step closer to becoming a reality on British roads. Do you plan to upgrade to a hybrid soon? Learn more about what you need to consider when buying a hybrid car in our article. Is your vehicle due its annual MOT? Book your next MOT test at your nearest Formula One Autocentres branch today. 

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