New market forecast report on self-driving vehicles

The Department for Transport has published a new report estimating that self-driving technology will be present in 40% of all new UK car sales by 2035, with a total market value of £41.7 billion.

The 82-page report includes the latest market forecast and provides an overview of the opportunities that connected autonomous vehicles could bring to the UK, estimating that the new technology could create 40,000 skilled jobs.  

The Government has invested £200 million into Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) research and development and the ambition is to make the UK the best place in the world to deploy CAVs. 

In 2020, the BVRLA responded to a Government consultation on enabling the use of Automated Lane Keeping Systems, an early form of automation in vehicles which we could see on the UK roads as early as this year. The Law Commission has also published its third and final consultation into Automated Vehicles.  

The BVRLA’s Future Mobility Working Group will be meeting with the Law Commission on 2 February. For more information about the group, email BVRLA Senior Policy Advisor, Catherine@bvrla.co.uk.