Driving could become 'a luxury pursuit' in an era of autonomous vehicles, according to Gus Park, managing director of motor insurance at Direct Line.
Talking at the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders' (SMMT) Connected Cars summit, Park suggested that he expected getting behind the wheel and taking control of your car to be marginalised as a result of associated costs, including the insurance premiums required to do so in a society dominated by autonomous vehicles.
“If you drive a car into an autonomous environment and take the wheel, making it a mixed environment, it gets pretty complicated,” he said. “With the future so unclear, it's hard to make predictions, but I can imagine driving becoming an increasingly luxury pursuit.”
Park was joined by Dr George Gillespie, CEO of Horuba MIRA and Dr Ian Robertson, head of sales and marketing for BMW, in suggesting that the onset of fully autonomous cars would not lead to end of driving for enthusiasts, however.