Driverless pods plot new course

Driverless pods plot new course

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In an interesting thought piece by Gwyn Topham in the Guardian, we pick out the stance taken by one of the UK's major insurers.

At a recent conference on connected cars held by the UK industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Britain's biggest motor insurer, Direct Line, said that driving by humans "may increasingly become a luxury pursuit". Insurance premiums will be far higher for those who drive themselves, and correspondingly lower for automated cars. "Absolutely, we will push people in that direction", said Gus Park, the insurer's managing director for motor and business development, but added, "We're going to be in a pretty complicated mixed environment for some time". He compared the period ahead to when horse-drawn vehicles were eventually withdrawn from major roads, the car owner of the future may have to buy it a paddock.

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