Tesla ‘pushes to legalise driverless cars in UK’

Tesla is pushing to legalise its self-driving system in the UK and Europe, launching a charm offensive with regulators as Elon Musk bets the carmaker’s future on autonomous driving.

The company demonstrated its “full self-driving” (FSD) technology to officials on European roads last month, taking attendees at a safety conference on test drives around Munich, says The Daily Telegraph.

Tesla is also understood to be closely involved in updating UN regulations that govern the use of advanced driver assistance systems, which could pave the way to legalise the technology by the end of next year.

The company held a demonstration for officials from EuroNCAP at the industry body’s conference last month.

One official present said it was the first time Tesla had shown off the technology on European soil, although it was only active on a small number of roads.

Mr Musk is betting on the technology to boost revenues as Tesla suffers from falling car sales amid a downturn in demand for electric vehicles and competition from Chinese manufacturers.

FSD can stop at traffic lights, change lanes automatically and navigate junctions. Despite its name, the technology requires constant supervision by the driver and is seen as a “Level 2 plus” automated driving system, compared to a “Level 5” car that could drive itself fully.


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