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Study Finds Americans Still Wary of Autonomous Vehicles

In a recent Gallup poll, nearly 60% of the more than 3,000 survey participants said they would be uncomfortable riding in an autonomous vehicle. Survey participants were even more reluctant to share the road with driverless trucks, with nearly 70% stating that they would be uneasy. The responses varied by age, with those over 66 least likely to accept autonomous vehicles. Nearly 70% of...

Surveys Disagree on American Appetites for Driverless Vehicles

A survey of more than 2,000 people by the Consumer Technology Association found that approximately 70% of those surveyed were ready to try a driverless vehicle. However, another survey by the University of Michigan led to drastically different results: in that survey, fewer than 16% of those surveyed were open to completely autonomous vehicles. A third survey conducted by Kelley Blue...

Cybersecurity and Allocation of Liability Are Top Concerns Among Risk Managers

A recent survey conducted by Munich Re found that, where autonomous vehicles are involved, the top concern for corporate risk managers is cybersecurity.  More than half of the corporate risk managers surveyed (55%) named cybersecurity, which included potential hacks into a vehicle’s data system and the failure of “smart road infrastructure,” as their number one concern. Mike Scrudato,...

Morality and Autonomous Vehicles

The classic “trolley problem” in ethics is now becoming the “autonomous vehicle problem.” The thought experiment asks: A trolley is hurtling towards five helpless people on a track. Do you pull a lever to divert the trolley onto another track, hitting only one person—or do nothing? The updated question asks whether a driverless car should be programmed to hit three pedestrians in a...

New Auto Body Labor Rate Survey Regulations

The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation recently adopted amendments to regulations in the Division of Insurance and the Division of Commercial Licensing governing auto body labor rate surveys. The amendments provide that insurers writing less than 1% of the total premium volume of auto insurance during the prior year can either voluntarily conduct a survey or adopt a labor...

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