Autonomous driving on freeways will soon be permitted at higher speeds than before. The maximum permitted speed has more than doubled. Lane changes are also allowed.
The World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations of the United Nations Economic Commission (UNECE) decided on Wednesday in Geneva that the maximum speed for autonomous driving in certain traffic situations will be increased from 60 to 130 km/h. The decision also allows lane changes.
It started in early June when a working group gave the go-ahead. The rule may come into effect in January next year, the UNECE said. According to them, the EU has already announced the implementation. National regulations must be adapted for this.
Autonomous driving in Germany is permitted to a limited extent
So far, automated driving in Germany has been limited to certain traffic situations on the Autobahn, such as traffic jams. In critical situations such as tunnels or when there is a risk of black ice, which cars automatically detect using cameras and sensors, drivers must be alerted and autonomous driving suspended. Mercedes is the first German manufacturer to offer a vehicle with a corresponding on-board computer. In the US, states such as California and Arizona also allow autonomous vehicles to operate on public roads, such as commercial robotaxi services.