The insurance industry is demanding a new legal right to claim damages from the makers of driverless cars. Both the industry and the government have been working on the thorny issue of how to insure the new breed of vehicles, especially when they are not fully autonomous.
In response to a consultation, Ben Howarth, of the Association of British Insurers, said: “The government proposes that you buy a conventional policy and a bolt-on for product liability. But existing product liability cover would not really cover driverless cars and there would be too many instances where the manufacturer could deny liability.
“We prefer a single policy so that anyone making a claim would have a single place to go. The less complexity there is for the road user, the better.”