Thatcham Research CEO Peter Shaw says building driver confidence is at the heart of the industry report, so keeping things simple and clear is paramount.

“Similarly, there is still much work to be done by legislators and the automotive industry to give drivers absolute clarity and confidence around what automated driving systems are capable of doing and under what circumstances they can be used,” Shaw says.

“We would advocate geofencing (software that functions as a virtual barrier) and restricting automated driving to specific roads, introducing a testing regime to assess automated-driving systems to ensure they can handle road scenarios safely and, in the unfortunate case of there being an accident, ensuring it is clear to everyone whether the car was operating in automated mode or not.”

Elsewhere, a survey by road-safety organization IAM RoadSmart finds 74% of drivers think insurers should cover damage caused by hackers accessing control systems in driverless cars.

Some 1,167 people responded to the survey which sought opinions on what driverless cars will mean for them as autonomous vehicles becoming mainstream in the U.K.

“In our view it is logical that hacking electronic systems in autonomous vehicles is treated the same way as a traditionally stolen vehicle, with the insurer bearing the cost,” Neil Greig, director-policy and research for IAM RoadSmart, says in a statement.

Asked whether insurers must include coverage for driverless cars, 46% of survey respondents say this was a good or very good idea. But 68% disagree if this would raise insurance costs for all drivers, while only 23% agreed.

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