This week, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration issued some guidance on potential regulation of driverless car testing. According to The Hill, the agency says:
In general, we believe that states are well suited to address issues such as licensing, driver training, and conditions for operation related to specific types of vehicles ... NHTSA has considerable concerns however about detailed state regulation on safety of self-driving vehicles, and does not recommend at this time that states permit operation of self-driving vehicles for purposes other than testing.
That's right, the government seemingly isn't going to stand in the way of a connected car that serves you content, directions and driving feedback from taking the wheel as well. But is this registering in the mainstream? We took to Twitter to find out what's in the conversation about connected or autonomous cars, as well as the telematics-powered usage-based insurance they facilitate.
When we have driverless cars.. or when we can call a driverless car to pick us up hence no passenger.. do we still pay insurance?— Peter Andreas (@Peterandreas7) May 31, 2013
So... what happens when your driverless car crashes? gizmo.do/HKkBSir— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) May 30, 2013
@gizmodo agentless claims processing?— Anthony Domanico (@ajdomanico) May 30, 2013
Google's driverless test cars have about $150,000 in equipment including a $70,000 LIDAR (laser radar) system.— Mitul Suthar (@mitulsuthar) May 31, 2013
Best part of driverless cars will be putting scummy lawyers and faking injury claimants out of business. You know who you are— Patrick DiCaprio (@pdicaprioFP911) May 31, 2013
Why does everyone think telematics are going to bake faster than self driving cars?— Bruce LeSourd (@digibruce) May 31, 2013
Got a £230 discount off my car insurance since having my telematics box woo— Annie Poulter (@AnsssPoulter) May 31, 2013
Interesting to see that a telematics policy will only save me £70, yet will restrict when/how long I can drive for.. Not worth it.— Nath©ake (@CoopsxD) May 31, 2013
Nathan Golia is senior editor of Insurance & Technology. He joined the publication in 2010 as associate editor and covers all aspects of the nexus between insurance and information technology, including mobility, distribution, core systems, customer interaction, and risk ... View Full Bio