We may still be years away from seeing a fully autonomous car for sale to the general public, but many drivers already have a huge amount of technology in their cars, taking control of the vehicle at various points — which is why an insurance company in the U.K. has launched what it believes to be the first driverless car policy in the world.
The policy has been launched by Adrian Flux and will cover drivers who are already using autonomous features in their cars, such as self-parking and Tesla’s Autopilot, which takes control of the car when driving on a highway.
“We understand this driverless policy to be the first of its kind in the U.K. – and possibly the world,” Gerry Bucke, general manager of Adrian Flux, told the Guardian. “More than half of new cars sold last year featured autonomous safety technology, such as self-parking or ABS [anti-lock braking systems], which effectively either take control or take decisions on behalf of the driver. And it’s only going to continue. Driverless technology will become increasingly common in our cars over the next few years.”