Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Commercial Vehicle On-Board Safety Systems

Summary and Conclusions
Commercial Vehicle On-Board Safety Systems

This report analyses the impacts of increased automation of the driving task for road freight transport. It investigates the technology options from platooning to full autonomy and examines necessary policy responses. Focusing on the underlying regulatory frameworks, it asks how existing approaches can be maintained and when and how novel solutions will be needed.

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Policy Insights

  • Ensure international harmonisation of regulation for autonomous trucks.
  • Use the flexibility within existing regulatory frameworks to accommodate vehicle automation technologies.
  • Weigh the advantages, disadvantages and limits to stretching existing regulatory frameworks to cover safe vehicle automation.
  • Consider data-led approaches for regulating vehicles with high automation levels. Consider government intervention to address labour issues if and where they arise.

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