Driving could become “a luxury search” in an era of autonomous vehicles, according to Gus Park, director general of automobile insurance in the Direct Line.
Speaking at the Society of motor Manufacturers And Traders’ (SMMT) Connected Car of the summit, the Park suggested that he expected to get behind the wheel and take control of your car to the marginalization as a result of the associated costs, including insurance premiums required to do so in a society dominated by autonomous vehicles.
Is the car-buying public ready for autonomy?
“If you drive a car in an autonomous environment and to take the wheel, which is a mixed environment, it gets pretty complicated,” he said. “With the future so uncertain, it is difficult to make predictions, but I can imagine that driving fast becoming a luxury of the search.”
The park was accompanied by Dr. George Gillespie, ceo of Horuba MIRA and Dr. Ian Robertson, head of sales and marketing BMW, suggesting that the emergence of autonomous cars would not lead to the end of the driving for the fans, however.
Gillespie said: “maybe I’m not looking far enough ahead, but I can’t see a time when driving is prohibited. I can see once in ten years or so, when there are controlled environments, where only autonomous cars can go in the cities or special zones set up for it, for example – but I can’t see that there is a general prohibition.”
Robertson added: “Bmw will always have a steering wheel. There will be times in which you prefer a car drove in on itself, as in traffic, but also there will be times when you want to experience the thrill of driving yourself, and we intend to always offer the option.”
BMW iNext to benefit from £12bn autonomous car technology treat
BMW i without driver, high-technology to achieve a greater range of 2021