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    Who will be responsible if a self-driving vehicle is involved in an accident? How will the insurance industry deal with autonomous cars?

    Several major players in the insurance industry have already identified automated vehicles as a potential disruptor for the conventional vehicle insurance market with many anticipating that fully automated vehicles would be subject to product liability insurance (potentially borne by either a vehicle manufacturer, software design firm or a combination of both) rather than drivers requiring personal insurance policies. In the event of an accident, an automated vehicle’s on-board logging equipment is also likely to make liability questions more straightforward than they are currently. Within UK Autodrive, AXA and Gowling WLG will be producing a series of white papers on societal and legal issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, including the aspects relating to privacy, cyber-security, liability and legislation.