Insurance Required For Self-Driving Cars in UK

NInsurance Required For Self-Driving Cars in UK

Home / News | posted on 23 02 2017

Insurance cover for self-driving cars must offer protection for when the driver is in control and when the vehicle is in charge, according to new proposals from the UK government.

Ministers says they want to ensure it is easy for accident victims to claim compensation if a collision occurs when the cars are in automatic mode. However, the bill - which applies to England, Scotland and Wales but not Northern Ireland, makes two exemptions: If a vehicle's owner has made unauthorised changes to the car's software or fails to install an update that their policy requires them to, then they become liable. "It demonstrates the government's clear commitment to moving forward when it comes to automated vehicles" said Ben Howarth, senior policy adviser at the Association of British Insurers, "as an industry, we want to keep insurance as straightforward as possible, which is why insurers proposed the simple approach which the government is now taking forward".

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