‘The Law of Driverless Cars: An Introduction’ by Alex Glassbrook


Paperback: 978-1-911035-28-2

Published: February 2017

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Autonomous vehicle manufacture is an infant British industry growing rapidly to maturity. Fully “driverless” cars are an increasingly likely prospect. When they arrive, they will revolutionise road transport, public safety and our everyday environment.

But there is uncertainty as to the shape of future law relating to driverless cars, at a time when important investment and regulatory planning is required. The government’s consultation on autonomous vehicles recently concluded and it is due to announce the contents of its Modern Transport Bill in early 2017.

This is the first book to consider the likely impact of driverless cars upon the law in Britain – not only upon the laws formed by road traffic accidents but also the changing landscape of data and privacy, roads, crime, employment, insurance and Brexit. It explores present law, the possible laws of a fully “driverless” future and the “untidy transition” period that we are likely to experience soon.

The author is a barrister with more than twenty years’ experience in the laws of road transport. He is a driver and cyclist with a lively interest in technology and environmental policy.

“The Law of Driverless Cars: An Introduction” is an exploration of future law in clear, accessible language – aimed not only at specialist audiences (developers, lawyers, insurers, policymakers) but at anyone interested in this exciting field.


Alex Glassbrook is a barrister at Temple Garden Chambers. His practice includes the defence of high-value personal injury claims. He is expert in the defence of fraudulent claims, particularly those involving criminal networks and electronic evidence, as well is in cases involving security contractors and in credit hire work. He is a specialist in legal costs. He is a volunteer lawyer for several charities and teaches ethics and advocacy in the UK and overseas.