By Sam Baker For Mailonline
Published: 09:12 GMT, 24 January 2021 | Updated: 09:13 GMT, 24 January 2021
New lanekeeping technology could lead to Britain being the first country in the world to introduce driverless cars as part of a new drive by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
The United Nations granted permission for lane-keeping technology to be developed recently and came into force in Britain on Friday, but is so far limited to only roads where traffic flowing in opposite directions are separated by physical barriers.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Additionally, the technology, which is step three in the five needed to see driverless cars on the road, is not currently permitted on roads where pedestrians or cyclists are allowed, The Times reports.
Britain could be the first country to see driverless cars after new lane-keeping technology was introduced on Friday as part of a new drive by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (pictured)
The new technology is only allowed on motorways that have stopstart traffic at speeds limited to 37mph.
Although Transport Secretary Grant Shapps previously said he wanted to make Britain the 'first country to see these benefits', insurance companies are concerned about the safety issues with the tech.
The insurers aren't opposed to the lanekeeping technology itself, but would prefer for a human to be on control of the vehicle at all times until fully self-driving cars have been produced.
Matthew Avery, director of insurance research at Thatcham Research, told The Times: 'If the government introduces this too quickly it could become the next GM crops.'
Despite Shapps having the power to designate vehicles that in some capacity can drive themselves under the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018, no such vehicles have been listed yet (stock image)
He explained that consumers might turn on the new technology before it has taken