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Client Alert: Connected and autonomous vehicles: The future?

Client Alerts||15/03/2017

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has today published a report entitled Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: The future?  This thought provoking report makes a number of recommendations to the Government which, if implemented, will have ramifications for many industry sectors.

The Committee advises that Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) is a fast moving area of technology and the Government along with industry and other partners has much to do, in order to ensure that the UK can take full advantage of the opportunities that CAV offer across all sectors.

The Committee recommends that:

Data protection

A large amount of data is already collected from vehicles and this is likely to increase as use of CAV increases.  The ownership and use of this data raises a number of questions around privacy and data protection.  Data that is gathered from CAV will need to be used in accordance with data protection law.  It is likely that the manufacturers, police and insurers will want access to this data when a CAV is involved in an accident to determine the cause of the accident and fault.   The Government is working with interested parties to draw up standards for retention and sharing of data at an international level for an accident involving CAV.   

The speed at which autonomous vehicles are being developed and the appetite for these types of technologies combined with the proposals set out in this report is likely to ensure that we will see driverless technologies being trail blazed in marine and agricultural sectors before fully driverless cars become the norm on the streets of the UK. To view the full report, click here.

Bill Committee Evidence session – 14 March 2017

The Public Bill Committee for the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill heard evidence from a number of witnesses. The first session heard evidence from:

And the second session heard evidence from:

Some of the main points made:

See below for the Parliamentary timeline.

Parliamentary timeline

Set out below is the possible timetable for the parliamentary passage of the Vehicle Technology & Aviation Bill. This takes into account Parliament’s recess dates and set times that are between some of the stages.

This should only be used a guide and is not definitive as there are a number of variables that could affect timings - the principal one being the priority the Government wants to give to it in the context of other Parliamentary business. Any delays could, in theory, drag out the Bill until this time next year but this is unlikely having made an early start on getting the Bill through its stages.

We also know that the Government are very keen to promote driverless technology, and that the Bill is, on balance, not controversial – all good indicators of a smooth passage through both Houses of Parliament.

House of Commons

House of Lords

House of Commons

Royal Assent

The Parliamentary Bill page can be viewed here.

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Samantha Ramen
Director of Market & Public Affairs
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Matthew Rogers
Partner, Head of Commercial Litigation
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Anthony Middleton
T: 01204 678708

Howard Dean
T: 024 7665 8136