The first self driving car has taken to the roads in London for its first trials.
News headlines have focused recently on the personal injury reforms aimed at reducing the number of whiplash claims. Arguably the main sector with the most to potentially gain from autonomous cars is the motor insurance industry.
According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI);- - 90% of road traffic accidents are caused by human error - AEB, (autonomous emergency braking) which automatically applies the brakes if the driver does not respond in time, has been proven to lower the rate of low speed collisions that result in personal injury claims by around 20%.
Fully autonomous cars are the next step in the development of vehicle technology, with most indicators suggesting that by the mid-2020s, some manifestation of driverless vehicles will be on UK roads.
Advances in technology towards autonomous vehicles will have huge implications on road safety.
If the most common cause of car accidents is human error, then in due course we should could see a reduction in the number of accidents on our roads. However the legal challenges are likely to be numerous.
At Moore Blatch we have a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers who can help if you have been unfortunate enough to be injured as a result of a road traffic accident.
We set out here some points of which to be aware:- https://www.mooreblatch.com/news-media/blog/what-may-help-you-prove-fault-after-a-road-traffic-collision/
A self-driving car has had its first trials on London roads. Guided by five radars, four lasers and 12 cameras, a converted electric Nissan Leaf has been following a mapped route around Beckton, in east London. It is aware of pedestrians and knows when to stop at red lights - with an attentive human behind the wheel in case of emergency. The software is still learning but Nissan hopes the cars could be available by 2020.