Driverless vehicles, the future transport, are establishing themselves in Lithuania

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2017 06 14

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The Lithuanian government approved amendments to the Law on Road Traffic Safety. The amendments were necessitated by constantly advancing technologies in the transport field. The draft law provides for the definition of a driverless car – a future means of transport – and establishes the main principles of the participation of driverless cars in road traffic. 

“Innovative technologies constitute the economic foundation of a state’s future. We are interested that people get used gradually to this type of cars and seek to adopt road traffic rules for driverless cars and, above all,  ensure the safety of all road traffic participants,” says the Minister of Transport and Communications Rokas Masiulis.

Driverless cars are planned to be tested and used on the national roads in the near future. It is expected that they will help to reduce the number of road accidents, traffic jams and air pollution. New regulations will create conditions for the development of smart transport systems and technologies.

Once the amendments become effective, the driverless car will be officially defined as an automobile capable of navigating on its own and taking part in public road traffic without human input. Under new regulations, the driverless car will have to feature the ability to drive safely, without posing a risk to other participants of road traffic, being able to slow down or stop depending on the circumstances.

The equipment of the driverless car will have to be fitted for the possible investigation by police, and requirements for individuals involved in the testing of smart means of transport on roads will be introduced.

Before the draft law is passed into law by the Seimas, the government and its authorised institutions will have to adopt implementing legislation which provides for the conditions and procedure of testing and using driverless cars in public road traffic.