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Driverless Vehicles: Insurance

Department for Transport written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to ensure that driverless vehicles are not subject to disproportionately high insurance premiums.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Assisted driving technologies such as automated emergency braking are already reflected in lower premiums for those vehicles which have them installed. Fully automated vehicles could help further to reduce collisions and accidents on our roads, and we need to make sure we have the right insurance framework in place to facilitate the introduction of new technologies on our roads. That is why we have just introduced the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill which will include measures to allow for insurance of automated vehicles, and we will continue to work with the insurance industry to ensure that products meet the needs of customers, insurers and the automotive industry.

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