Earlier this week, it was announced self-driving cars will be allowed on UK motorways later this year.
The Department for Transport (DfT) explained the tech will be limited to 37mph as it’s only permitted to take over during congestion.
The way it works is that a driver will still have to be seated behind the wheel, ready to speed up for when the traffic clears.
But the president of AA warns there are “gaps” in the futuristic tech and there should be more tests before they’re allowed on roads.
AA President Edmund King made the comments just hours after the DtF announced the news of driverless cars.
He said: “Automated Lane Keeping Systems should be classified as ‘Assisted Driving’ technology and is a world away from ‘self-driving’.
“Without doubt vehicle safety technology can save lives, but we shouldn’t be in a race to take drivers’ hands off the wheel.”
Under the changes, cars fitted with ALKS tech could be legally defined as self-driving as long as they receive GP type approval.
According to the DfT, the self-driving vehicles are likely to boost road safety across the nation.
It comes as human error contributes to 85% of accidents which could be eliminated if the car is monitoring speed and gaps itself.
Transport Minister Rachel Maclean suggested driving laws could be changed to accommodate the new vehicles.
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She said: “This is a major step for the safe use of self-driving vehicles in the UK, making future journeys greener, easier and more reliable while also helping the nation to build back better.
“But we must ensure that this exciting new tech is deployed safely, which is why we are consulting on what the rules to enable this should look like.
“In doing so, we can improve transport for all, securing the UK’s place as a global science superpower.”
The Department for Transport also said the move to self-driving technology could spark the end of urban congestion.