Insurance, an emerging topic in the self-driving car industry was discussed at length at the Information's AV Summit. When there is a collision involving a driverless robotaxi, who is liable? The self-driving car maker or the transportation app, such as Uber?
Ian Sweeney, general manager at Trov Mobility, commented on Elon Musk’s recent announcement that Tesla is launching its own insurance service for its vehicles. He said Trov has heard anecdotally that some insurance carriers are not covering Teslas, or are dramatically increasing their rates, due to the high expense of repairing the vehicles and the extra time it usually takes to do so. A Tesla spokeswoman did not immediately have comment. Insurance firms generally do not have the ability to know whether the Tesla Autopilot semi-automated steering feature was turned on during a crash, he said.