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Next round of consultation for safe adoption of Automated Driving announced at ABI Conference

Press release   •   Apr 30, 2019 09:38 BST

Defining safe automation
  • Director of Research Matthew Avery delivers keynote at ‘Automated vehicles and the future of motor insurance’ Association of British Insurers (ABI) Conference
  • Thatcham Research kicks off next phase of Automated Driving consultation with ‘Defining Safe Automation’ document
  • “Systems that rely on the driver to maintain safety are not recognised by the insurance industry as being automated,” Avery is set to say

Thatcham Research and the ABI are launching their latest round of automotive industry consultation around Automated Driving at the ABI’s ‘Handing over control? Automated vehicles and the future of motor insurance’ conference today, 30 April 2019.

Matthew Avery, Director of Research, Thatcham Research will highlight the key tenets of the insurance industry position on the safe adoption of vehicles with Automated Driving capability.

Avery comments, “By 2021, Automated Driving Systems on some new cars could allow motorway drivers to essentially become passengers in their own vehicles. However, there continues to be a worrying lack of clarity around how Automated Driving should be defined and crucially, the role of the driver when a car is in automated mode.

“Our position is that driving systems that rely on the driver to maintain safety are not recognised by the insurance industry as being automated.”

The consultation will also cover how an Automated Driving System must safely hand back control to the driver in certain scenarios. For example, in the event of a system failure the vehicle must be capable of carrying out a managed hand back to the driver or reach ‘safe harbour’ on its own.

To download a copy of the initial ‘Defining Safe Automation: A framework for regulating Automated Driving’ document please click here.

In June 2019, the ABI and Thatcham Research will issue a detailed definition document for International Regulators, who are currently formulating technical requirements for Automated Driving Systems. This will contain a framework for defining safe automation and detailed requirements for motorway automation. A series of further frameworks for Parking, City and A-Roads will also be issued in the near future.


Thatcham Research is the independent voice of automotive safety, security & repair, advising motorists, insurers and vehicle manufacturers to help reduce accident frequency, severity and costs and to realise the vision of ‘Safer cars, fewer crashes’, while driving standards in vehicle security.

As well as its world leading crash and track research, Thatcham Research develops repair methods amongst a number of other products and services within the collision repair industry for insurers, motor manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

In addition, Thatcham Research has administered the Association of British Insurer’s (ABI) Group Rating system for the past 50 years. Group Rating is an advisory system intended to provide insurers with the relative risk of private cars and light commercial vehicles.

A founder member of the international Research Council for Automobile Repairs (RCAR), Thatcham Research has also been a member of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) since 2004.

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