‘Self-driving’ cars could arrive on British roads by end of 2021


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LONDON — The U.K. government announced Wednesday that the first types of “self-driving” cars could be on British roads by the end of 2021, paving the way for the nation to start catching up with the U.S. and other countries.

The Department of Transport said Wednesday that it has “set out” how vehicles equipped with an automated lane-keeping system (ALKS) could legally be defined as self-driving, providing there’s no evidence to challenge the vehicle’s ability to self-drive.

Such systems, which were first used in Japan, can help a vehicle to stay in its lane in slow-moving traffic on motorways (freeways), while allowing the driver to take their hands off the…


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