What should drivers expect from driverless cars? The ABI and Thatcham Research have together come up with a list of features and capabilities that a car must possess to be categorised as driverless rather than highly assisted. This is the first set of criteria to be published in the UK since the varying levels of autonomy in 2016.
Ben Howarth, senior policy advisor for motor and liability at the ABI, said: “The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill has a broad statutory definition of what an automated car is. That’s fine as far as legislation goes. What we’ve published are the insurance industry’s criteria to follow on to the legislation, and define the difference between automated and non-automated cars.”
This is an important nuance in an increasingly autonomous car industry, where consumers may not be clear in which cars they can relinquish control.
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