I’ve talked a bit about driverless cars, mainly because I think it’s an important subject when you consider what will happen to car insurance as a result.
Well, it seems that the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling shares my enthusiasm, because he and his team in the government are about to introduce a new Bill into parliament that deals specifically with driverless cars and what happens with insurance if they are involved in an accident.
“We will soon have a Bill that will do things like address the insurance issue for driverless cars,” said Chris Grayling.
This is definitely something that needs more clarification if you ask me, because when it comes to cars that drive themselves, the whole subject of who is to blame for an accident and insurance becomes more complicated.
For example, if two driverless cars crash who is responsible. Both of the “drivers” are sitting there reading the newspaper. It is the vehicles that are driving, but how do you work out which one was to blame? It’s interesting to find out what the government are going to come up with.
Obviously they are not going to get it right straight away, but they don’t need to. Driverless cars are not suddenly going to appear on UK roads, it will be a gradual process, which means the laws can be changed to keep up with what is happening. I think what Chris Grayling and his team are doing is simply getting started.
So where are we right now with driverless car technology? Currently, there are cars that have the ability to park themselves, and they seem to work quite well.
Many companies like Google, Ford, Tesla and Apple are working round the clock on trying to get the first driverless car on the road that the public can buy. Experts predict this car will probably have basic functions like being able to stay in one lane on the motorway or have automatic braking.
Once the technology is more established then the cars will start to literally drive themselves, being able to do things like change lanes, stop at a junction, and do a u-turn This is when ordinary members of the UK public will have a truly relaxing experience, being able to read the paper or even watch TV while driving around.
As you can imagine, all of the major car manufacturers want to get in on this action, because if they don’t do it now, then in a few years time they could be so far behind it would be pointless for them to even bother manufacturing cars anymore.
Jaguar Land Rover are the most recent manufacturer to announce their entry into the driverless car market, with plans to build 100 vehicles so they can try out the technology
In the UK, 1.5 million cars are built every year, and the industry is worth £71.6 billion. So it’s important that both British manufacturers and the government get this right and are not left behind.
What about driverless car insurance? Let’s wait to see what the government comes up with, although you are definitely in the right place for comparing quotes once we know more about it.