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“Technologies such as Automated Lane Keeping Systems will pave the way for higher levels of automation in future — and these advances will unleash Britain’s potential to be a world leader in the development and use of these technologies, creating essential jobs while ensuring our roads remain among the safest on the planet,” Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders in the U.K., said in a statement. (Photo: O’Melveny & Myers LLP)

The United Kingdom is now the first nation to regulate the use of self-driving cars on its roadways, with the first autonomous vehicles hitting the pavement as early as this year, the Department for Transport announced on April 28.

Vehicles fitted with Automated Lane Keeping System (ALKS) technology will be permitted on roadways but limited to speeds of up to 37 mph. ALKS uses sensors to enable a vehicle to drive itself in a single lane and maintains the ability to return control to the driver when needed.

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Heather A. Turner

Heather A. Turner is the managing editor of ALM's NU Property & Casualty Group. She can be reached at [email protected].

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