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Regulatory challenge facing autonomous vehicles

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Ensuring regulation can keep pace with autonomous vehicle technology is a key challenge for the industry, according to TRL’s academy director.

Speaking to New Civil Engineer ahead of this year’s UK Roads conference, Nick Reed outlined the difficulties in regulating connected automated vehicles while the technology is changing so rapidly.

“How can regulations keep pace with a car that can update its software and all of a sudden it has new functionality that it didn’t have before?” he said.

“How can you regulate for connected automated vehicle technology that is changing so rapidly? It’s a very different world to that of 10 years ago.”

However, Reed insisted that government is being proactive in its bid to tackle the issue.

“We’ve had the code of practice on the testing of automated vehicles from DfT and the launch of a dedicated policy unit called Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and of course the programme of investment that is going on, so project work is helping us to put our research out there and keep pace with the rest of the world.”

Reed will be speaking at the New Civil Engineer UK Roads conference in July.

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