Great Britain plans to change traffic rules in connection with the advent of robomobiles
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British traffic rules, which are exaltedly called the “highway code”, will have to be changed in accordance with new times, namely with the advent of robomobiles in everyday life. Automatic cars without a driver, in theory, can safely move, leaving a smaller distance to the car in front, drive in narrower lanes and avoid obstacles with greater accuracy than cars driven by people.
UK rules give a lot of attention to such little things as the distance between cars or the handling of cyclists. For example, a bicycle should be circled, leaving it with the same space as a regular car. And for the "preload" of the car, when the driver is attached "in the tail" in front of the going car, it is quite possible to get a fine.
Last week, green light was given to testing robomobiles on public roads. It is noted that for a trip in such a car you do not need rights. Insurance of such cars will be much cheaper, because, theoretically, the probability of accidents is lower than for ordinary ones.
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Campaigning for changes in the rules, Graham Parkhurst, head of the research program for the introduction of robomobiles, explains: “If absolutely all drivers obeyed absolutely all the rules listed in the highway code, then traffic would be blocked. Therefore, if robomobiles comply with all these rules, then our program simply will not work. ”
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A question arises, among others, with the differences between “semi-automatic” cars that are equipped with a steering wheel and pedals, and in which the driver can take control at any time, and fully automatic robomobiles, where a person simply cannot do this. Perhaps, drivers of cars of the first type will not be exempted from fines for extraneous actions - for example, the use of mobile phones or driving.
By the way, interested readers can familiarize themselves with the official Russian translation of the code .