Autonomous cars

Issue #22

Autonomous technology, such as assisted braking and parking functions, is already becoming more common in the car fleet. These autonomous functions will develop over time to take over more tasks from the driver. It could ultimately result in cars that autonomously drive themselves. This would affect both the need for insurance and where the liability lies.

There are, however, many hurdles in front of the autonomous car, of which technological development is probably not the largest. Legal systems, consumer preference, supportive authorities, highway codes and not least insurance coverage all need to be aligned before the autonomous car revolution can take place.

Images courtesy of Google Inc, Volvo Car Group, GM China, Daimler AG

 
Autonomous cars and the law

Autonomous cars and the law

Largely as a result of the motor car, roads and highways have been subject to extensive legal codification....