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Parliament opens Lithuania's roads to driverless vehicles

Staff Writer | December 9, 2017
The Lithuanian parliament opened up the country's roads to driverless autonomous vehicles, informs LETA/BNS.
Navya Arma
Technology   A Navya Arma driverless electric shuttle
The law will allow a self-driving car to take to the roads without a human driver ready to take over control, a requirement put in place in some other European countries, including Germany, which has a powerful automotive industry.

A Navya Arma driverless electric shuttle was the first autonomous vehicle to be tested in Vilnius last month, although there were doubts as to whether the legal framework was sufficient.

Economy Minister Virginijus Sinkevicius, who introduced the bill, said that the manufacturers of the shuttle vehicle were interested in continuing cooperation with Lithuania and that talks were also underway with the world's largest automotive car manufacturers, including Google.

"The main goal of the law is to allow such a vehicle to come to Lithuania and be tested in Lithuania," he told BNS.