Can technology trigger a downward trend in claims for accident and injury on the roads?
Technology is revolutionising the way we live and work and the electric car is set to transform the way we drive. Hopefully these advances will help to reduce claims for accident and injury on British roads.
On the day when it is announced that the government will fund a further 3000 (approx.) charging points for electric cars in Britain, further developments are announced for the electric car. The research team for the Nissan Leaf has developed an app that allows a robot to take the wheel for familiar sections of the route. Not that you’ll have an actual robot dressed up in a chauffeur’s uniform. In fact, the technology works from an iPad on the dashboard that controls sensors and cameras that can “read” the route. For regular stressful journeys such as the school run, this could be a real boon. The “auto-drive” technology is spearheaded by a team at the University of Oxford. At the moment the cost runs at around five thousand pounds and the long-term hope is that it will be relatively cheap at around a hundred pounds per unit and contribute to a safer driving environment in which claims for accident and injury are lowered.
The Nissan car production plant at Sunderland has announced a planned output of 50,000 Nissan Leaf electric cars (EVs) and 60,000 batteries per annum. The government, keen to promote green technologies has also announced today the second tranche of its investment in EV charging points, to bring the total up to 8,000 around the country. Initiatives will also be announced for home charging point installations and the focus mainly in towns. It is unlikely that long distance heavy vehicles will convert to electric power anytime soon, but it is a good option for the family and commuter run-around and a marvellous contributor to reducing claims for accident and injury on the roads. It is unfortunate however, that these two good news announcements are made on the same day that Britain’s electricity generation crisis dominates the headlines. Never mind the “always on 24/7 society”, by 2016, we really have to ask the last person leaving to switch off the light, unless of course, the imminent power black outs have already done it.