German government passes bill for automated driving

Automated Driving


On April 13th, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure  Alexander Dobrindt submitted a bill proposal for implementation of the revised Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, which contains provisions allowing for automated driving. It has now been passed by the German Federal Government.


According to the proposal, automated driving systems must comply with technical regulations of the UNECE and must be designed so that the driver can override the system and take back control if necessary.


Commenting on the bill, Minister Dobrindt said:


“Automated and networked driving is the largest mobility revolution since the invention of the car and we want to bring this technology to the road. For this, we are driving the opening of international agreements. This is an important milestone we have now achieved and our bill will clear the way so that automated driving systems can always take more driving tasks autonomously.”


Furthermore, ahead of the proposal, on September 16, 2015, the Mr Dobrindt’s cabinet decided upon a “Strategy for automated and networked driving”. The strategy covers five measures to ensure that Germany remains the lead supplier and market for automated and networked driving technology.


In addition, Mr Dobrindt founded a working group that will continue developing international rules for the automated and networked driving ahead of the G7 Summit in Japan in September.


For the full press release, in German, please click here.



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