LONDON - Motorists could legally allow their cars to “self-drive” on British motorways later this year, the government has announced.

The Department for Transport said the first vehicles fitted with Automated Lane Keeping Systems could be permitted to steer themselves in slow moving traffic before the end of 2021.

Use of the system, which takes over control of the vehicle at low speeds, for example keeping it in lane on motorways, will be capped at 37mph (60 kph).