So that's what 'automated' will mean in your car of future
Driverless cars are coming but in several stages of automation.
So defining what makes an automated car and where the lines of ability and responsibility are drawn has been problematic.
Now the Association of British Insurers has come up with 10 criteria to define what is - and isn't - safe use of a driverless car.
Here they are:
1. Naming: clearly describes automated capability.
2. Law abiding: complies with traffic laws and rules of the road.
3. Use as 'driverless' is limited to specific types of roads or special areas.
4. Transfer of driving control follows a clear offer and confirm process.
5. Vehicle can manage all reasonably expected situations by itself.
6. Adequate and appropriate notice if the vehicle needs to unexpectedly hand back driving control.
7. Vehicle executes an appropriate safe stop if unable to continue or driver does not take back control.
8. Vehicles can avoid/prevent an accident by responding to an emergency.
9. Safeguards step in if any systems fail.
10. Accident data: record and report what systems were in use at the time of any accident.