Self-driving cars first have to get driver’s license

Sep

18

2018

before they are allowed on the road
If it is up to the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the CBR and the RDW, self-driving cars will have to take a driving test before they can enter the public road. Perhaps the owner of the car must also take an extra exam.

According to, among others, the AD, the Central Agency for Driving Skills, the Road Traffic Authority RDW and the RobotTuner company believe that a new assessment method is necessary for the practical exam in the future. These parties work together in the Software Driving License Project, which establishes a legal framework with requirements for the reliability and safety of self-driving cars.

This leads to the introduction of a compulsory driving test for the self-driving car. If the practical exam is successfully completed, the autonomously driving car will receive a driving license S, which stands for software. This makes it clear that not only the physical technology present in the car is being looked at, but also the applied software. This new Driving License S would first be set up nationally, followed by an international authorization process.

It is possible that the owner of the self-driving car also has to take a special exam, even though Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen said in March that it is a kind of driving license for the car and not for the driver.

Tuesday will be more clear about the project during a conference, in which the CBR and the RDW work together with RobotTuner. This is a Wageningen company that specializes in the application of artificial intelligence in mobility.

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