WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE WHEN A SELF-DRIVING CAR GOES OFF THE ROAD?

AI correspondent at tech website VentureBeat, Kyle Wiggers, will raise the issue of insuring self-driving cars during a Shift Automotive discussion

At Shift Automotive, IFA’s two-day automotive and electronics conference, Kyle Wiggers, along with Florian Leibert of US tech company Mesosphere, will discuss the challenge of insuring self-driving cars. We asked Kyle Wiggers about the future of autonomous cars.

Even though an estimated 23 million autonomous cars will be on US roads by 2035, the industry has yet to rally around a solution to the liability question. A few manufacturers – chiefly Google spinoff Waymo, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz – have agreed to accept responsibility in cases where a car’s self-driving system is at fault for a crash; and Tesla offers an insurance program to purchasers of its vehicles. But with truly autonomous cars at least five to ten years away from public deployment, I don’t expect clear, cohesive guidance from most insurers and OEMs anytime soon.

THE INDUSTRY’S CURRENT PACE OF INNOVATION IS POSITIVELY BREAKNECK

Who should come to your presentation and why?

Anyone with a burning curiosity about how the insurance industry and autonomous vehicle startups will tackle the unenviable problem of liability. I’m expecting a lively discussion.

How will disruptive mobility change human transport?
Disruptive mobility, which I equate with self-driving cars, has the potential to disrupt entire industries. It’s an obvious t for ride- hailing businesses like Uber and Lyft, of course, but I’m far more interested to see how it’ll impact urban planning.

Who will provide the parking required to maintenance and house autonomous cars when they’re not in use? How will those parking structures change with humans out of the loop? Will they become more compact, perhaps, or autonomous? I’m fascinated by those questions.

How important is it to have a platform like the Shift Automotive in order to foster thought leadership in these fields?

Shift Automotive is bringing together the brightest minds in the field today – luminaries like John Schoenbeck of BMW Designworks, Daniel Deparis of Daimler’s SmartLabs, and Patrick Weissert of German Autolabs. The industry’s current pace of innovation is positively breakneck, and it’s all too easy to get swept up in it; I’m personally looking forward to measured, carefully considered perspectives informed by decades of experience.

Today

11:00am – 11:35amHall 26b

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