Ben Everitt MP, the Chair of the APPG on Connected and Automated Mobility, commented:
"This is a very welcome announcement from Government and further stakes the UK’s claim as the world leader in the development of self-driving technologies. Technologies such as ALKS are an important stepping stone towards a self-driving future for the UK which has a real potential to make our roads safer, cleaner and more accessible.
"As the announcement today acknowledges, further work is needed to overcome technical and regulatory challenges before these vehicles can be legally defined as “self-driving”. I welcome the Government’s intention to continue their engagement with manufacturers, insurers and other road agencies to ensure the roll-out of self-driving technologies prioritises safety and builds user awareness and confidence and I look forward to contributing to these discussions as Chair of the APPG on Connected and Automated Mobility."