Saturday 19 October 2019

'Drivers of fully automated vehicles should not be held liable for accidents involving their cars' - ABI

Kia EV Soul
Kia EV Soul

ONE of the major debates coming down the track on fully automated vehicles is liability in the event of an accident.

Well the British association of insurers has come out unequivocally and said the following:

"Drivers of fully automated vehicles should not be held liable for accidents involving their cars while the technology is in charge."

The association (ABI) says so in its submission to the Law Commission.

The latter is helping to tease out how to incorporate the rules currently being decided internationally on standards for autonomous vehicles.

The ABI says it would be "unfair" to expect a driver to intervene if the on-board systems got something wrong or were unable to prevent an accident.

Now it is important to emphasise that we are talking 'fully automated' vehicles here, not the token gestures of automation that many cars now have.

So it's vehicles that can manage "all road conditions and scenarios" which give those on board "permission to stop thinking about the driving task and do other things".

Yes, it is a long way off but it just gives an idea of how complex and far-reaching the whole area of autonomous driving has, and will, become.

An implication would be that manufacturers would not be allowed to register their vehicles as autonomous if there is still an onus on the driver to intervene in an emergency.

"Until a vehicle can handle emergency scenarios without driver intervention they can only be considered to offer advanced driver assistance," the association says.

There's a lot of work still to be done before you can sit in and let the car do the driving - without having to worry about who is responsible in the event of an accident.

  • SEAT say they plan to offer individual mobility for the price of a bus ticket with a city car based on its Minimo concept.

They hope to do so by cutting the costs involved for the Minimo's use as a short-term rental vehicle.

  • Mercedes will unveil, for the first time, the Concept EQV and the facelifted GLC at Geneva. As well as showing the new CLA Shooting Brake there will be a public debut for the Formula E showcar and the smart forease+.

The new V-Class will celebrate its show premiere too.

  • KIA's new electric e-Soul (pictured) makes its European premiere at Geneva too. Expect to see it in Irish showrooms by May/June.

They are claiming a driving range of up to 452km on one charge. That is due, partly, to a 25pc greater cell-energy density with the new-generation battery.

As is the case with most electric cars these days, they are claiming more power and quicker acceleration from new electric motors.

Their Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast-charging facility comes as standard.

And side by side with all that, the company is introducing its new UVO CONNECT 'connected car' telematics system.

There is, as you'd also expect, a seven-year, 150,000km warranty.

Irish Independent

Also in Life