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In our 27th and final Motor Wednesday webinar of 2020, held in December, we reflected on some of the key impacts of COVID-19 on motor claims. As well as considering key impacts of the global pandemic, we discussed other important developments including those relating to Brexit, the Whiplash Reforms, MoJ Portal claims, alternative dispute resolution, fundamental dishonesty findings and tomorrow’s vehicles.
Kennedys backs combination of criminal and regulatory regimes to help build confidence in driverless public transport
We have recommended that new criminal offences dealing with cyber-attacks on buses, taxis and other forms of public transport will be needed as the technology emerges, in our response to a Law Commission consultation. We have also said operators of driverless public transport should take personal responsibility for their safety as part of the protections needed to build consumer confidence in the concept.
At every trucking fair and trade publication and in each promotional video the industry is demonstrating the advances in autonomous commercial vehicles.
The UK is the second least supportive nation in their attitude towards the development of unmanned vessels, according to our study across six territories (United Kingdom, United States, Australia, China, Singapore and Hong Kong), and the least supportive of autonomous vehicles more generally.
The way in which people and goods travel is changing rapidly. The shift towards transport in which machines are increasingly taking control from humans raises fundamental considerations around public safety, ethical dilemmas and where liability rests when accidents occur. It also means a major shift in the amount of data that is collected by vehicles, and how that data is stored and used.
The results of the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commissions’ joint preliminary consultation into the safe regulation of autonomous vehicles (AVs), echo the importance of manufacturers working collaboratively with government and insurers on data management in the new driverless vehicles environment.
The government needs to do much more to bring stakeholders together if it is to successfully implement autonomous vehicles (AVs) in the UK, we have told the Law Commission’s consultation on the introduction of AVs in the UK.
The rapidly developing autonomous vehicle and drone technology has been embraced by the cargo and freight markets, presenting the opportunity to substantially reduce the costs and remove some of the risks inherent in human intervention. However, it also introduces some of its own risks and problems.
Commitments in the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will be of major interest to corporate insurers and those concerned with the changing motor liability framework.
Insurers have a long way to go to earn public trust over approach to driverless cars, Kennedys survey reveals
Consumers are suspicious of what will happen to insurance premiums once driverless cars hit UK roads and fear that insurers will misuse the data they receive from vehicles, according to a survey that we have commissioned.