Driverless cars consultation paper welcomed

11 Jul 2016

The Department for Transport issued its consultation paper today, giving people a say on measures to help Britain lead the way in developing driverless cars technology.  According to an article in Post, insurers have welcomed the consultation paper, which makes it mandatory for owners of autonomous vehicles to take our product liability cover, in addition to third party motor insurance.

BLM’s head of motor, Nick Rogers, said: "The paper sets out sensible, proportionate and incremental changes to compulsory motor insurance law.

"We believe that the innovative nature of the UK insurance market will facilitate the development of the product liability strand of cover that will be required for autonomous driving.

"Our particular focus in responding to the consultation will be on the new legal rights that need to be created, not only to cater for anyone injured by an autonomous car (including its 'driver') but also to permit its owner's insurer to recover, where appropriate, from the manufacturer."

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