Trialling automated vehicle technologies in public

How to organise safe trials for automated vehicle technologies on public roads and in public places.



As with the 2015 version this code of practice provides guidance on trialling automated vehicle technologies on public roads or in other public places in the UK. It makes recommendations on how to maintain safety and minimise potential risks.

The additions to this code of practice provide clearer guidance on:

  • conducting trials safely and responsibly
  • improving transparency of trials
  • engaging with the public, authorities and other relevant bodies when planning trials

This document was originally published in PDF format. See the UK Government Web Archive.

Published 6 February 2019
Last updated 30 November 2023 + show all updates
  1. Code of Practices updated to reflect MOT requirements for trial vehicles. Additional information on GB type approval schemes, notifiable alterations, importing vehicles for trialling and the scope of STGO provisions added.

  2. Added Code of Practice: vehicle authorisations and exemptions for more complex CAV trials.

  3. First published.