A proposal to allow public roads to be used to test self-driving cars will be considered by the Government today.

Minister for Transport Shane Ross will bring a memo to Cabinet that will mark the first step towards introducing legislation in this area.

The legislation will seek to redefine in law the term driver so that autonomous vehicles can be tested on Irish roads.

The early work could begin soon and it may even form part of the latest road traffic bill.

That might mean this idea will be examined by an Oireachtas committee early in the new year.

It is understood there has already been some engagement with companies developing these cars.

There would be an expectation that any changes to the law could pave the way for foreign investment.

It may be a decade or more before self-driving cars are common on Irish roads, but these tests could begin quite soon if the law is changed.

A special Cabinet meeting is taking place in Trim, Co Meath.

Other items on the agenda is a report commissioned by the Government on remote working.

Under its Futures Jobs strategy, the Government is seeking to prepare business and workers for the future, and one aspect of this is exploring what policy and practical measures are required to promote remote and flexible working.

The cabinet will also here an update on the labour market, the draft new 5 year IDA strategy and details of a new competitiveness report.

Today's meeting is the latest in a series of cabinet meetings taking place outside of Dublin which aim to focus on particular topics or regional issues.

Additional reporting Will Goodbody