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More than a third of Brits fear driverless cars will push up insurance premiums

Date: 09/01/2015 03:26:19
Category: Insurance
Author: Laura Varley

More than a third of motorists (35 per cent) worry that when driverless cars are released they will push up insurance premiums, new research from uSwitch.com shows.

Although the government claims autonomous vehicles will actually make the roads safer, only eight per cent of Brits believe car insurance premiums will fall significantly when they are introduced, reports easier.com. Moreover, almost half (48 per cent) would not want to be a passenger in a driverless car, showing consumers still don't trust the vehicles.

There is also some confusion regarding who would be held responsible if a driverless car was involved in an accident. Nearly a third (30 per cent) think that the responsibility would be shared between the 'driver' of the autonomous car and the other person involved. However, more than a quarter (26 per cent) say the fault should lie with the car's manufacturer and 18 per cent would solely blame whoever is behind the proverbial wheel of the driverless car, reports telegraph.co.uk.

Rod Jones, head of car insurance at uSwitch.com, said if autonomous cars are to receive widespread support, the government and insurance industry need to clarify who would be responsible if an accident occurs.

"We may be years away from driverless cars outnumbering traditional vehicles on British roads, but it's clear motorists are already questioning the impact they will have on their lives," he stated. "With human error accounting for around 90 per cent of road accidents, the potential safety benefits of driverless cars are significant and they should have a positive impact on car insurance premiums."

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