Autonomous vehicles in the spotlight – drivers and manufacturers on autopilot?

Significant developments on both sides of the Atlantic shine a light on developing regulatory issues for autonomous vehicles.

The first notified insurance claim against a (semi) automated vehicle manufacturer has been brought in the US. Reports have also arrived from California indicating that drivers may be becoming over-reliant on partially automated vehicles in a manner inconsistent with their actual abilities.

Such issues are not unique to the US and likely to present a problem to UK regulators and insurers, who must ensure they get ahead of the development curve. The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill has been passed from the House of Commons to the House of Lords ahead of a debate at the end of February. It is clear that whilst this piece of legislation may have a smooth journey, those using autonomous vehicles may not have the same experience, particularly as driver awareness of the limitations of the technology may

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