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The UK government wants to review the regulatory laws for self-driving cars, as it prepares to see them on British roads in about a decade.

Increasingly more automakers involved in the self-driving race have started to build up the pressure on authorities to provide proper guidelines for autonomous cars. The UK announced this week it has launched a major public consultation to help pave the way for the cars of the future to be used on British roads. The aim is also to change the insurance rules, so driverless cars could be covered if anything went wrong. The government said it would first alter the Highway code and regulations so advanced driver assistance systems that allow the cars to change lanes on the motorway and to remotely park can be used safely.

“Driverless car technology will revolutionise the way we travel and deliver better journeys. Britain is leading the way but I want everyone to have the chance to have a say on how we embrace and use these technologies,” Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said.

The UK authorities expect semi-autonomous systems to be on sale in Britain in the next 2 to 4 years, with fully driverless vehicles anticipated to make their entrance on the roads any time from the mid-2020s onwards. The consultation over the insurance and motoring regulations will last for 9 weeks, the government said. Separately, UK will next month launch a competition for a further 30 million pounds (39 million dollars) for the research and development of innovative connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.