At DWF we have already started to investigate the potential legal and insurance implications and are actively contributing to the growing public debate. Not only are we interested in the impact on the users of the road space, we are also looking at the wider effects of this increasing level of automation, which will be felt across different parts of society and create commercial opportunities for many different industries.
The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill is here and about to start its journey through Parliament. The Bill is the son of the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill and grandson of the Modern Transport Bill. With such august parentage, does it provide what the insurance industry is looking for?
The Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill is making its way through the UK Parliament and could set a precedent for autonomous car legislation across Europe.
Britain’s driverless car pilot schemes may have attracted the headlines, but many other aspects of automated driving have already inched out quietly onto our roads.
The change that will come is something the UK Government is already thinking about, publishing its first report and action plan for driverless vehicles earlier this year.
Since Henry Ford introduced the moving assembly line, the changes have been evolutionary and have provided us with one of the most complex products in the world affording us very high mobility.
The increased capabilities of driverless technology raise significant privacy issues, especially when considering the sheer amount of data that needs to be collected and translated into practical actions to enable a car to drive itself.
Heavy regulation is often seen as a brake on innovation and change. While for autonomous cars, it is is inevitable, careful balancing of risk may see the UK continue to forge ahead in the industry, whilst steadily building consumer confidence.
A move to large scale public ownership or subscription type availability of cars requires a huge step change in the way we think about our cars, even if we have lived with mobility on demand thorugh taxis for generations.
The introduction of self-driving vehicles to UK roads will bring both opportunities and challenges for business. How will these impact on employment rights and responsibilities?
Thanks to the IOT, driverless cars are far from a pipe-dream – but they are reliant on infrastructure and security improvements that may yet prove to be roadblocks.
The UK is a destination of choice for driverless developers; but can the regulators keep up?