Updates to the Highway Code would allow motorists with self-driving cars to check emails and watch TV
The UK Department for Transport has stated that insurers will be liable for claims made by owners of self-driving vehicles, rather than the owners themselves. This also allows users of self-driving cars to check their emails and even watch TV while sitting in traffic.
However, using a mobile phone while behind the wheel will remain illegal, meaning motorists will have to rely on their car's on-board computer to check emails, messages, watch videos, etc.
The Code also now states: “While an automated vehicle is driving itself, you are not responsible for how it drives, and you do not need to pay attention to the road." Writes Autocar.
These changes may confuse drivers as they appear to contradict the "no phones" rule. The Department of Transport believes that mobile phones pose a greater risk of distracting drivers, despite being used in the same ways as the car's multimedia system (also called the on-board computer).
There are currently no vehicles approved for self-driving on UK roads but the first models could be given the green light later this year. According to Sky News.
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