How far off are autonomous cars?

Self-driving cars have long been predicted and are regularly being tested by a number of car and tech companies keen to find a solution for all of the potential risks.

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Racing in Silicon Valley

Tech firms are involved in battles to be the first to crack autonomous cars and have already invested millions of dollars in research, development and testing to advance their projects, with Google’s Waymo covering over 5 million miles already.

Time for an easy commute?

If you hope to see an end to stressful commuting during rush hour thanks to a robot taking care of traffic, think again. It may feel like we are getting closer to seeing advancements in this area, but we are still a long way off.

How will this affect standard car users?

When it comes to the motor trade insurance can be affected by a range of factors. Anyone who has been involved in an accident will attest to that! Insurance companies and brokers such as use a range of statistical data when calculating premiums, so the uncertainty that driver-less vehicles would bring would likely mean that traditional drivers could see their usual policies affected.

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The uncertainty of Brexit adds to potential delays in development. With no end in sight, it is expected that any developer will need to be patient to see what happens to road-based regulations and the car market as a whole before they attempt to seek approval for launching their futuristic products. Regulatory bodies in the UK such as the FSA will be heavily involved in any developments of driver-less vehicles.

Bad publicity

It is a fact that no matter how much investment is made in autonomous cars, there will be accidents. In 2018, a woman was killed in Arizona, USA, becoming the first person to die as a result of being hit by a driverless car. Whilst the stats will suggest that the chances of being hit by cars controlled by humans in a traditional way is greater, you can’t escape the concerns that will come from people being injured or worse by a robot-driven vehicle. It is clear that these incidents have slowed the rush to launch driverless vehicles, but it has also forced the companies behind these enterprises to invest more heavily into the safety of the cars.