Germany plans to legalise self-driving cars

Germany’s Ministry of Transport is moving ahead to draft legislation that would allow driverless vehicles to operate on the streets, not just in special test areas, as is currently the case.

In a draft document seen by Reuters news agency, the transport ministry writes that “initially, driverless vehicles should be able to be deployed in defined operating zones,” which would give municipalities completely new opportunities for public transport.

The paper notes that in urban areas, driverless vehicles could potentially be used for deliveries, services, as shuttle services for company staff, or to transport people between medical centres and nursing homes.