The Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology has published the submissions into its inquiry into horizon scanning (that is, the way government looks forward and anticipates important trends).
Among a number of topics it has included ‘autonomous road vehicles and intelligent transport infrastructure’.
We took this as an opportunity to alert Parliament to the fact Government appears to have failed in the past, and is failing now, to adequately anticipate the changes taking place in intelligent transport infrastructure.
Background note: Parliament is not the same as government. We elect a parliament to form a government – parliament then has an interest in safeguarding this role, ensuring that government remains accountable to it and does not hold it in contempt and generally acts in ways which serve democracy. We feel in this case that Parliament should ask some searching questions of government about why it appears to be acting reluctantly to adopt the broad range and scope of changes telematics is generating.
Download our submission (with its links) here: Science and Technology select cttee submission
Jonathan Coe, Editor
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