Babies born now ‘may never need to obtain a driving licence’

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Embargoed to 0500 Tuesday May 23 File photo dated 06/03/17 of a demonstration of a prototype driverless car. Fewer than one in five UK motorists would trust driverless cars built by technology giants, according to new research.

Babies born now might never need a driving licence thanks to the driverless cars of the future, a study from insurance company Axa has claimed.

Driverless cars could be seen on our roads as early as 2032, and Axa chief executive Amanda Blanc has explained that insurers must understand the risks involved with autonomous vehicles.


She told the Telegraph: "It is crucial for the insurance industry to build a framework for what will happen in the event of a car accident in the future, when the driver is likely to be a computer.

"Driverless cars will not be able to take to the roads without that."

She estimates that thanks to advancing technology, children of the future will have revolutionary ways of traveling and working in cars by 2050.

Concerned that American car firm Tesla is already leading the way with autonomous vehicles, insurance companies are quickly entering the sector to make sure they are embracing the change and have the regulations in process to cope with it.

Axa, for example, is working with various companies exploring future autonomy in cars. This includes Venturer in Bristol and Autodrive based in Milton Keynes – which is also developing a trial of self-driving cars alongside insurance company Direct Line.

Other well-known companies currently developing and testing self-driving cars include Google, which has a car that has covered over a million miles, and taxi company Uber has already begun testing out autonomous cars.

However, the tests proved that the cars aren't quite ready for the roads yet. In 20,354 miles of driving, each car had to be taken over by a human driver an average of once every mile.