German draft law provides for general approval for autonomous vehicles

July 27, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
German draft law provides for general approval for autonomous vehicles
At an industry event, a previously unpublished draft law of the German government on autonomous driving was presented and discussed. The law could make Germany the first country in the world to generally approve driverless vehicles for SAE Level 4.

According to a draft law discussed in industry circles, the German government plans to pass a regulation for autonomous driving as early as summer 2021. This would possibly set regulatory standards that could have a lasting impact on the future of autonomous driving, both EU-wide and globally. Although the draft law has not yet been officially published, copies of it are available to those responsible in the automotive industry. The draft reached the public through the discussion at an event of "The Autonomous", a high-level discussion platform of stakeholders from the automotive industry.

"With a uniform set of regulations, automakers will gain legal certainty for next-generation autonomous vehicles," explained Ricky Hudi, Chairman of The Autonomous and former chief developer of vehicle electronics at Audi. "Consumers can rely on a uniform safety standard and gain confidence in autonomous driving."

Specifically, the draft regulation takes into account the functionality, test procedures and approval of autonomous driving functions, as well as cybersecurity.

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