Drivers of self-steering cars such as Teslas will be ordered not to take their hands off the wheel for more than a minute.
The new regulations from the UK government will target drivers who let go of the steering wheel thanks to lane steering, cruise control or emergency braking features.
Motorists who break the new rules will face points on their licence, a potential £1,000 fine and even prison.
It comes after legislation requiring cars manufacturers to install a feature to alert drivers when they have not touched the wheel for 15 seconds, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Drivers of self-steering cars such as Teslas will be ordered not to take their hands off the wheel for more than a minute, in new rules meant to avoid collisions of modern vehicles
The Highway Code states that once a car is moving motorists should ‘drive with both hands on the wheel where possible’.
But the rules will be tightened under Government plans to prevent collisions caused by careless use of modern state-of-the-art vehicles.
Last month Bhavesh Patel, from Nottingham, was banned from the road for 18 months amid other punishments for driving on autopilot along the M1 while sitting in the passenger seat.
AA president Ed King told the newspaper: ‘Until we have fully driverless cars, we cannot have people going out on their own and experimenting.
‘We have to watch how the technology will be used.
We are not at the stage where drivers should be taking their hands off the wheel.’
The rules will be tightened under Government plans to prevent collisions caused by careless use of modern state-of-the-art vehicles
Ministers are also planning to update the Highway Code to reflect technological developments such as remote control parking with a key fob, it is reported.
Incorporating lane steering, the proposed new rules say: ‘Do not rely on driver assistance systems such as motorway assist, lane departure warnings or remote control parking.
‘They are available to assist but you should not reduce your concentration levels. Do not be distracted by maps or screen-based information while driving or riding. If necessary find a safe place to stop.
‘If you are using advanced driver assistance systems, like motorway or traffic jam assist or a remote-control parking application or device, then you as the driver are still responsible for the vehicle and must exercise full control over these systems at all times.’