Is London prepared for driverless cars?

15 November 2016

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee hears evidence from Transport for London, Highways England and industry experts.

Purpose of the session

The Committee explores the implications of deploying driverless vehicles on roads and motorways both in London and around the country. The witnesses are questioned on issues such as whether driverless cars could reduce congestion or accidents and eliminate the need for traffic signals.

The Committee also examines how data gathered from autonomous vehicles could be used to benefit the public and which areas of regulation should be the responsibility of the government or transport authorities.


Tuesday 15 November in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40am

  • Michael Hurwitz, Director of Transport Innovation, Transport for London
  • Darren Capes, Transport System Manager, City of York Council

At 11.40am

  • Mike Wilson, Chief Highways Engineer, Highways England 
  • Steve Gooding, Director, RAC Foundation
  • Charlie Henderson, Partner, PA Consulting Group

Possible questions

Questions likely to be covered in the first session include:

  • What do you see as the benefits and drawbacks to the deployment of highly automated vehicles in cities?
  • Driverless vehicles will generate a wealth of data of potential benefit to many audiences - Who will own this data and will you want access to it for network management or other purposes?
  • Will driverless cars remove the need for traffic signals and white lines?

Questions likely to be covered in the second session include:

  • What are the significant opportunities, benefits, or problems for the use of automated vehicles by freight traffic?
  • What are the key challenges for wide scale deployment of autonomous vehicles in the UK?
  • The deployment of autonomous vehicles involves numerous regulatory issues relating to insurance, liability, technical standards and driver licensing. Which areas should the Government address nationally (or agree internationally) and which issues should be left to transport authorities or the market?

Further information

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