The driverless endgame

By Andrew Miller, Victoria Webster and Bern Grush | April 25, 2023

The development of automated driving technology is rapidly transforming the way we travel, but it also poses significant challenges for policymakers.

Driving automation technology might reduce traffic congestion, improve fuel efficiency, and increase road safety by eliminating human error, but our governments are not ready to take advantage, because our driving policy and regulation assumes there will always be a human behind the wheel.

In our report, The Driverless Endgame: Policy and Regulation for Automated Driving, Hatch (with our partners at the Urban Robotics Foundation) has examined the current state of automated driving regulation around the world and makes recommendations that policymakers globally can implement to promote innovation in this field, while also ensuring public safety and social acceptance of this new technology.


Who should read this paper?

The insights in this paper will be useful to anyone interested in the rapidly transforming field of automated driving, and especially to:

  • National and sub-national departments of transport who regulate vehicle safety, license drivers, and oversee the rules of the road
  • Cities interested in piloting automated-driving technology on their streets
  • Other policymakers and regulators with an interest in new mobility technology
  • Government-relations specialists
  • Automakers and automated-driving manufacturers
  • Industry associations for driving, trucking, goods movement, logistics, and manufacturing
  • Companies, investors, and venture-capital firms interested in mobility technology and innovation
  • … And more!


How we can help

If you are interested in the implications of automated driving for your city, province, state, or nation, or you are in the business of designing and developing automated-driving technology, Hatch expertise can help you:

  • Identify crucial matters to consider
  • Design pilot programs for the introduction of automated driving
  • Assist with drafting new policy and regulation
  • Identify sites for program implementation
  • Bring existing pilots and programs into new jurisdictions
  • Design and master-plan developments featuring automated-mobility technology: shuttles, robots, and more