AXA’s David Williams comments on House of Lords report, ‘Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: The future?’

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David Williams, Technical Director at AXA UK, said: 

“The Report rightly flags data access and standardisation as an important element of the CAV world going forward.

“If we want to create a transport eco-system rooted in connectivity, then we must recognise that information is going to be generated by the vehicle’s own automated features, by vehicles communicating with each other and by vehicles communicating with their surroundings. That is precisely what AXA is working on with our partners in the FLOURISH project.

“If the public are going to really embrace the benefits of autonomous vehicles, we need to make the application of insurance as simple as possible. Reports of drivers having to take out two insurance policies to drive an autonomous vehicle are well wide of the mark but to keep motor insurance as close to the current model as possible, it is vital that all parties involved (including vehicle manufacturers) can agree on standardising and sharing key data and information. Obviously an international agreement would be the best way of achieving that.

“The Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill has made a good start by placing people’s protection at its heart and that must remain the guiding principle as we begin to consider the new and emerging risks/opportunities that CAVs present.”

 

 

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