Germany's Bundestag has passed legislation that will allow driverless cars on public roads by 2022, paving the way for companies to deploy driverless taxis and delivery services on a large scale in the country.
The new regulations, if passed, will allow driverless cars to operate without a driver. Germany has so far carried out some tests of self-driving cars, but only if they have safety drivers. The bill also includes preliminary applications for proposed driverless cars on public roads, including passenger transportation, logistics, company shuttles, and business travel between medical facilities and nursing homes. But the proposed legislation will only become law once it is approved by Germany's upper house.
The future is here, with German legislation to allow driverless cars on public roads from 2022
In addition, companies that want to operate commercial driverless cars in Germany will have to comply with a number of other regulations, such as carrying driverless liability insurance and the ability to remotely block self-driving operations. After the law is formally passed, companies already conducting their own tests in Germany may be able to get a head start.
While countries around the world are beginning to develop regulations on autonomous driving testing and commercial deployment, the German legislation is a big step forward in the direction of integrating autonomous driving into regular traffic.