Frequently asked questions
Human error is a factor in over 90% of deaths and injuries on our roads. CAVs look to reduce this significantly. The vehicles will be required to respect all traffic laws – observing all speed limits and traffic signals. They will not tailgate other drivers or undertake risky manoeuvres. The full positive impact associated with CAVs will be understood in time. Throughout FLOURISH trials, CAVs will be tested under the supervision of experienced technicians and the health and safety of our staff and members of the public is treated with the upmost importance.
Increased safety is one of the main benefits, since human error is estimated to be responsible for more than 90% of today’s road accidents. Fully automated systems are also predicted to radically reduce the number of cars on the roads and produce cars that drive much more efficiently, leading to benefits for the environment as well as freeing up space currently used for parking. Once cars are able to drive without any human intervention at all, there will also be significant time savings as people are freed up from their hours currently spent at the wheel. Fully automated vehicles would also be accessible by people who cannot currently drive, for example due to age or disability.
Data will underpin the new insurance models and charging schemes that will come as part of this evolving marketplace. It is clear that if improved safety capability leads to reduced accidents then insurance costs should reduce. However, intelligent data models and market awareness must be factored in also.