At the beginning of August, the ministers took a decision: we will soon see self-driving cars in France on the highways.
“These vehicles with assisted driving are an inevitable step towards relaxed driving, regulation and traffic safety. They’re also a more efficient transport and more respectful of the environment. They represent the future of the automobile industry”, highlights the Council of Ministers report published by the Élysée.
The objective is clear: not to let the United States become the world laboratory for new technology linked to mobility.
With this is mind, the government wants “France to be recognised as an experimentation ground for the self-driving car, a centre of excellence of on-board intelligence and a leader in complex safety systems, to prepare for the new mobility solutions of the future.”
Self-driving vehicles in France:
- http://www.lemonde.fr/automobile/article/2016/08/03/les-voitures-autonomes-bientot-testees-sur-les-routes-de-france_4978091_1654940.html (in French)
- http://www.voiture-autonome.net/legislation/france-autorise-essais-voiture-autonome-572.html (in French)
- http://readwrite.com/2016/08/06/france-autonomous-car-trials-tl4/ (in English)
- https://www.thelocal.fr/20160804/france-gives-go-ahead-for-driverless-car-tests (in English)