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UK Plans $1B-Plus Investment in Driverless & Electric Vehicle Technology

The UK government plans to invest more than 800 million pounds ($1 billion) in new driverless and zero-emission vehicle technology as it seeks to boost its economy while leaving the European Union. Investment in research and new recharging infrastructure is …

Why Drivers Fear Driverless Cars

Davy Andrews is so adept at technology that he’s become the de facto IT troubleshooter in his office. But there’s one bit of tech he won’t touch: self-driving cars. “I wouldn’t want to be the first to jump into something …

Look on the Bright Side of Transition to Autonomous Driving

The advance of driverless cars and the prospect that they will disrupt property/casualty insurance and change the way autos are insured has created plenty of industry anxiety. Even before that point, however, cars with drivers will likely share the road …

China Ride-Hailing Firm, Didi, to Go Global After Record Funding

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing just raised more than $5.5 billion, giving Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick one more thing to worry about. Didi’s record funding round is said to value the company at more than $50 …

‘Flying Taxi’ Successfully Tested in Germany by Start-Up Lilium Jet

A Bavarian start-up is developing a five-seat “flying taxi” after successful test flights over Germany of a smaller version of the electric jet, the company said on Thursday. Munich-based Lilium, backed by investors who include Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, said …

Future Tech to Create Lower Claims Frequency, New Threats: Allianz Report

Technology is expected to be a major driver of liability claims in the years ahead – cutting frequency and increasing new threats such as cyber, product liability and recall risk, according a report published by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty …

Self-Driving Cars to Transform Motor Insurance in Liability Shift: Fitch

Widespread use of autonomous vehicles will completely transform the motor insurance sector over the long term when liability begins to shift towards manufacturers and traditional risk pools shrink, according to a report published by Fitch Ratings. “The question of who …

U.S. Picks North Carolina Turnpike Authority to Assist With Testing Driverless Cars

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently designated the North Carolina Turnpike Authority to help with testing driverless cars. A statement from the N.C. Department of Transportation on Friday said the authority was selected from a competitive group of more than …

Consumers Not Yet Convinced Driverless Cars Are Safer

Car makers and tech firms are convinced that driverless cars are the future, but they appear to be ahead of consumers in that thinking. Only 23 percent of Americans say they are willing to ride in an autonomous car, while …

Emerging Risks/Markets Offer New Opportunities: 2017 Predictions, Part 3

Insurers and reinsurers continue to look for organic growth where they can find it – sometimes from emerging risks and sometimes from emerging markets. As always, the keys to success are market knowledge and patience. Providing a heads-up for such …