A new driving license system for owners of driverless cars should be considered because of safety fears, a study suggests.
Autonomous vehicle owners could soon be forced to pass a new driving test due to mounting concerns over the safety of the technology.
The study also suggests that new laws might have to be enforced so that the ‘drivers’ pay attention while the car is moving, instead of sleeping, reading or watching films.
The study also suggests that new laws might have to be enforced so that the ‘drivers’ pay attention while the car is moving, instead of sleeping, reading or watching films (photograph of a driverless car being tested in Milton Keynes in 2016)
It comes after an American woman became the first pedestrian in the world to be killed by a driverless car.
The Uber vehicle, a Volvo 4×4, struck Elaine Herzberg, 49, in Tempe, Arizona last month.
They study by Venturer consortium, which tested the technology in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, used driving simulators and on-road trials to outline the difficulties posed by the handover period.
The ‘handover’ is when the driver of an autonomous vehicle takes back control.
It discovered that drivers took just under two seconds to regain control of the car when travelli