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News Autonomous Car Users Will Not Be Held Responsible for Crashes: UK

Autonomous Car Users Will Not Be Held Responsible for Crashes: UK

In the UK, you’ll be able to watch a movie while in an autonomous car but not use the phone


  • Insurance companies will be liable for claims.

  • There currently are no approved self-driving cars in the UK however the first ones should be allowed later this year.


If you live in the United Kingdom and are considering the purchase of a self-driving vehicle, you no longer have to worry about what will happen in the event of a crash. The Department for Transport (DfT) has specified that insurance companies and not users will be responsible for claims if something goes awry.

The DfT will update the Highway Code where users will be allowed to watch a movie on the vehicle’s screen while in motion. The “driver” will still need to be ready to take over if need be, which is probably why it will still be illegal to use a phone.

Transport minister Trudy Harrison said updating the Highway Code will be a “major milestone in our safe introduction of self-driving vehicles”, which she claimed, according to Sky News, will “revolutionise the way we travel, making our future journeys greener, safer and more reliable”.

Mercedes will be Liable if its Vehicles Crash While Using the Autonomous Drive Pilot

Currently, no self-driving vehicle has been approved for use in the UK however the first ones are expected to get the “thumbs-up” later this year.

The follow-up question to this is: Will insurance companies increase rates for autonomous cars? Will they refuse to insure some or all of them? As far as Mercedes-Benz vehicles are concerned, the automaker has already stated that they will accept legal responsibility should a crash occur.

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