Thatcham Research has drawn up a list of 10 key criteria that every Assisted vehicle must have, complementing 10 criteria laid out in 2017 which a car must meet before it can be called Automated.

These recommendations represent best practice to promote safety on the roads as Assisted vehicles become ever more commonplace. Thatcham Research is also revealing further detail around a new consumer testing programme, designed to assess Assisted driving systems against the 10 criteria.

The journey to fully autonomous cars

The journey to fully autonomous cars is expected to be gradual. Current predictions see 2025 before we start to see the first fully driverless cars, capable of driving hands free from door to door. It’s then going to take at least another 15 years before automated cars become the fully adopted standard.

The driver remains in control

Today’s car is already a world apart from where the car was even 10 years ago. Many new cars are fitted with cameras and radars to monitor hazards ahead and automatically apply the brakes in case of a potential crash or guide the vehicle back into lane if the driver is not paying attention. However, the driver remains in full control.

Training at the Automotive Academy

Thatcham Research's work covers the studying of manufacturers’ promotional literature and driving manuals to find out how clearly the systems’ capabilities and drivers’ responsibilities are explained, how drivers cope with enabling, activating, operating and deactivating the systems and assessing what happens when the driver is required to take back control.