Jessica Uguccioni, lead lawyer of the Law Commission’s autonomous vehicles review said one accident involving autonomous models could have “ramifications for many other vehicles”.
She added the current road rules are “not going to work” with driverless vehicles with changes expected to be made.
She said: “One of the big things we’ve determined is that you can’t just keep the current system for enforcing road traffic rules when it comes to automated vehicles.
“At the moment you can basically lock people up if they do something really, really bad on the road, like dangerous driving.
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