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Babies born today “may never need to drive”

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The Chief Executive of Axa says research into driverless cars is moving so fast that babies born today may never take a driving test.

Amanda Blanc has told the Telegraph that that the sector will soon be completely disrupted by self-driving cars, with those born this year likely to never need a driving lesson.

Preparing for autonomous cars to be on the roads as soon as 2032, Ms Blanc told the paper it is “crucial” for the insurance industry to build a framework for what will happen in the event of a car accident in future, when the driver is likely to be a computer.

“Driverless cars will not be able to take to the roads [without that],” she told the paper, adding that insurers have a key role to play in understanding the risks involved.

The report goes on to say that a car in auto-pilot is expected to make roads “much safer and increase mobility for vulnerable members of society,” with those unable to get car insurance now likely to be able to in future.

Axa, is involved in various Government-backed projects, including Venturer in Bristol and UK Autodrive in Milton Keynes.

 
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