The new highway code will allow AI vehicles to circulate in designated areas from September 2022, Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said in a tweet.
It’s official: France becomes the first European country to adapt its law to autonomous vehicles.
From September 2022, they will be able to ride on predefined routes or zones.
– Jean-Baptiste Djebbari (@Djebbari_JB) July 1, 2021
The rules provide a legal framework for the use of autonomous cars in France.
This includes advice on the legal responsibilities of drivers when transferring control to self-driving cars and on the emergency functions that AI vehicles are allowed to perform automatically.
They also specify the degree of attention that drivers must continue to pay to their surroundings while vehicles are operating autonomously.
Rules to change as technology advances
Autonomous vehicles currently have the ability to operate autonomously under certain circumstances.
This includes features like the automated lane-keeping system, which can be activated in traffic jams on freeways so that a vehicle takes control of lane changes and forward speeds over long periods of time.
As AI vehicle technology is expected to develop rapidly over the next few years, French traffic rules will also adapt.
But Mr. Djebbari mentionned: “With this regulation, we are taking another step towards the future.
“Today, we are giving manufacturers and transport operators the visibility they need to develop AI vehicles and put them on the road. “
The first French highway code introduced 100 years ago in May 1921
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