The UK government has launched a consultation to help pave the way for the use of automated vehicles on British roads, with members of the public invited to have their say.
At the heart of the consultation are two new proposals that will be introduced as part of a rolling programme designed to ensure that Britain remains at the forefront of the development of autonomous technology.
The first proposal is focused on clarifying the insurance law surrounding autonomous vehicles.
“Insurance law will be changed so that, in the future, motorists who have handed control to their ‘self-driving’ cars can be insured properly,” said the Department for Transport (DfT) on its website.
Working closely with the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the government has concluded that motor insurance will remain compulsory, but the scope of the coverage will have to change, with insurance extended to cover product liability for automated vehicles. The decision is positive for drivers of autonomous vehicles but a potential headache for automotive manufacturers.