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UN resolution paves way for mass use of driverless cars

At the UN in Geneva, the automated parking of a car is demonstrated using mobile technology. (file 2015)
At the UN in Geneva, the automated parking of a car is demonstrated using mobile technology. (file 2015) photo credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

A resolution to ensure the safe use of automated vehicles was passed at the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Global Forum on Road Traffic Safety in Geneva, on Wednesday.

In a statement, the UNECE said that automated vehicles have the potential to create safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly transport, which could reshape entire sectors of the economy and improve the lives of millions of people, notably those unable to drive or with limited access to mobility.

However, there are still many questions relating to areas such as road safety standards, traffic rules, insurance regimes, cybersecurity and data protection, which must still be addressed before the mass introduction of driverless cars to the market.

The resolution offers recommendations to ensure the safe interaction between automated vehicles, and road users, and stress the key role that people need to play, whether as responsible drivers, occupants or on the road in general.

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Last modified on Thursday, 11 October 2018 16:42

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