Consumers demand enhanced insurance offer to adopt autonomous cars

September 13, 2016

Manufacturers may have to negotiate with insurers to develop enhanced cover when launching autonomous cars because of driver concerns about safety and security. Around three quarters of motorists want cover for damage caused by hackers accessing control systems in driverless cars, but the vast majority don’t want to pay for it, according to new research from road safety charity IAM RoadSmart. Among the 1,200 people interviewed for the research, there is also resistance to the car taking over from the driver to prevent a crash, while 69% are against changes to legislation to allow cars to park themselves without the driver inside. Manufacturers are working with a range of software and technology providers to develop autonomous technology, which has the potential to slash road accidents and the severity of crashes. However, high-profile software failures have undermined confidence in the technology. Last year, hackers claimed to have taken control of a passing vehicle on the motorway and remotely shut down the engine, while Tesla received global attention when a customer became the first fatality in an autonomous car, after the firm’s Autopilot software failed to recognise a lorry and trailer crossing its path in bright sunlight. In September, Tesla revealed upgraded software so it recognises dangers in more challenging conditions.

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