MI­NUS THE HU­MAN EL­E­MENT

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“SELF-DRIVEN VE­HI­CLES ARE THE FU­TURE AND FROM A SAFETY AND ECO­NOMIC BEN­E­FIT, THEY ARE A GAME CHANGER. IN THE SYS­TEM OF COL­LI­SION CAU­SA­TION IT IS SAD TO RE­PORT THAT WE HU­MANS ARE THE WEAK­EST LINK. RE­MOVE THE ROAD USER AND THERE IS PO­TEN­TIAL FOR A DRA­MATIC RE­DUC­TION IN COL­LI­SIONS AND CON­GES­TION. THE TECH­NOL­OGY IS AVAIL­ABLE AND READY BUT IS SO­CI­ETY? HOW WOULD YOU RE­ACT IF YOU AR­RIVED AT A SET OF TRAF­FIC LIGHTS AND PULLING UP NEXT TO YOU WAS A VE­HI­CLE WITH NO DRIVER? HOW WOULD THE IN­SURANCE IN­DUS­TRY ADAPT AND AS­SESS THEIR LI­A­BIL­I­TIES IN SET­TING THE IN­SURANCE PRE­MI­UMS? WHAT IF THERE WAS AN AC­CI­DENT? HOW DO YOU IN­VES­TI­GATE AND DEAL IF THERE WAS NO DRIVER? HOW DOES OUR LEG­IS­LA­TION COPE WITH AND EN­ABLE THE CON­CEPT? THE CHAL­LENGE IS PER­HAPS NOT THE TECH­NOL­OGY BUT THE SO­CI­ETAL IS­SUES. WE ARE CUR­RENTLY DIS­CUSSING IN­TRO­DUC­ING SOME REAL WORLD TRI­ALS ON THE ROAD NET­WORK IN THE UK. THIS IS VI­SION­ARY AND HAS THE COM­MIT­MENT OF GOV­ERN­MENT. IT WOULD BE GOOD TO DO SOME­THING IN THE GCC. IN THIS RE­GION WE EMBRACE IN­NO­VA­TION, WE DON'T NEED TO WAIT AND WATCH WHAT OTH­ERS ARE DO­ING. AU­TON­O­MOUS VE­HI­CLES IS A RAPIDLY DE­VEL­OP­ING AREA AND THE GCC HAS THE PO­TEN­TIAL TO LEAD THE WORLD IN THIS FIELD.”

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