Schultz wants laws for testing autonomous cars

Schultz wants laws for testing autonomous cars

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Self-propelled vehicles may soon be on trial without a driver on public roads, if the cabinet is located. Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen (Infrastructure) explains the Second Chamber a bill such experiments will allow.

“You can later in the whole of the Netherlands to go practice with the latest variants of vehicles,” said Schultz Friday. So far, it could not be, “because we still have old-fashioned laws could, for example, determine that a vehicle has a steering wheel and a brake and a driver.”

So-called autonomous driving, where the car some of the tasks of the driver takes over, was already limited. Schultz now wants to be a next step to take. Anyone with a vehicle without driver to the road, soon enough to ask permission. Moreover, it remains remote, a director of the finger on the pulse.

“We have here the ideal combination of a good, smart infrastructure, smart researchers and an innovative hightechbedrijfsleven. Together, we can make the chances of grabbing mobility solutions for the future become reality”, says the minister.

She says to expect that robotauto’s traffic, ultimately, safer and more efficient. Schultz thinks that the first large-scale tests – for example, with truck platooning, in which autonomous trucks are very close to each other driving at the end of 2017 or early 2018.

European member states are with each other in consultation to ensure that tests from 2019 across borders can take place.

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