Government urged to plug insurance black hole over self-driving cars

Law needs updating to clarify who is blame for accidents, say insurers, as autonomous cars set to be allowed on British roads by 2021

Insurance laws will be overhauled to ensure all parties are covered in any accident involving autonomous vehicles, the government has said, in a move that paves the way for self-driving cars to be on UK roads by 2021.

Questions over liability have been seen as a stumbling block in the development of autonomous vehicles. The issue is seen as being particularly acute during any transition period for the technology, when cars will not be fully autonomous and drivers will remain legally in charge of a vehicle even when cars are on autopilot.

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