by Carlton Reid
Saturday, March 4th 2017 at 7:17PM GMT
A French journalist has inadvertently captured video footage of a Nissan driverless car failing to give sufficient room when overtaking a cyclist. The video was shot in London earlier today. The console on the Nissan driverless car alerts the “driver” – Tetsuya Iijima of Nissan – that a cyclist is ahead on the Royal Albert Way dual carriageway in Newham, but the car does not move over into the empty overtaking lane, and nor does Iijima over-ride the car as it squeezes past the cyclist. (Iijima is Nissan’s global head of autonomous drive development.)
Rule 163 of the Highway Code states that motorists should give cyclists (and pedestrians and equestrians) as much space as they would give a motor vehicle when overtaking. This was demonstrated in a video fronted by British Cycling’s Chris Boardman. Last year, motorists who overtake cyclists too closely can “expect prosecution, not education,” said a strongly-worded statement from the West Midlands Police Traffic Unit. Other UK police forces now have similar “zero tolerance” to such disregard of Highway Code rule 163.