Those in the UK could become the first residents to drive hands-free on motorways. The nation's transportation secretary, Grant Shapps , is moving forward with its ambitious plan to introduce driverless car lanes into the country.
The UK has introduced a new lane keeping technology for driverless car passage, for now limited to motorways where traffic on opposing lanes is separated by physical barriers, no pedestrians or cyclists are allowed and the maximum speed is 37 mph (60 kilometers per hour).
This is the third step out of five made from the UK to completely driverless car roads.
Shapps is pushing hard for these driverless car lanes in the country, however, he has received concerns from insurance companies on the subject of safety.
The main concern arises from the fear that driverless technology in cars is not yet completely stable. It is not far-fetched: in recent years there have been several incidents that have cut off car owners, even if in the car, from vehicle control. Quite a worrying thing.
And do we want to talk about human errors? Already driving "non-autonomous" vehicles, distractions abound: if vehicle owners are encouraged to use mobile phones and devices behind the wheel, in a transition phase like this it will be difficult for them to intervene promptly to remove the chestnuts from a car fire who drives alone and has a sudden problem.
Insurance companies are more concerned about human behavior than that of the car. Until fully self-driving cars are introduced independent, or lanes that only house this type of vehicle, it is necessary to expect more control from the drivers. Above all severely punish distractions behind the wheel, even when the car drives partly alone.