Science and Technology Committee
Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: The future?

2nd Report of Session 2016-17 - published 15 March 2017 - HL Paper 115



Government work too focussed on road CAV

The Government should play a coordinating role

The need for Government-commissioned research

Preparation for deployment of highly automated road vehicles

Summary of conclusions and recommendations

Chapter 1: Introduction


Key actions to date


RAS 2020 Strategy

Why we launched this inquiry


Levels of automation

Figure 1: Defined levels of automation (for road vehicles)


Working methods and acknowledgements

Government response

Chapter 2: Governance and coordination

The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV)

Box 1: CAV Road Trials

Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Leadership Council

Fitting the CAV strategy into a wider transport strategy

Insurance and liability

Providing guidance to Local Transport Authorities (LTAs) and Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain

Skills shortage

Chapter 3: Potential benefits of CAV

Increased accessibility and mobility

Improved road safety

Transporting freight

Reduced congestion

Economic benefits

Lack of evidence for potential benefits

Chapter 4: Further research

Testing facilities

Human factors—better understanding needed

Modelling of a mixed fleet

Agriculture sector

Chapter 5: International cooperation, regulation and standards



European Commission strategy

Data governance and use

Ethical issues

Marine sector

Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations of interest

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for evidence

Appendix 4: Seminar held at the House of Lords on 5 July 2016

Appendix 5: Abbreviations, acronyms and technical terms

Appendix 6: Examples of current CAV applications

Appendix 7: CAV impact on congestion in the short, medium and long term

Appendix 8: Committee visit to the Greenwich GATEway Project on 6 December 2016

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