Larger commercial vehicles are the most volatile on the road due to their size and weight, therefore technology that improves their safety will be the most valuable.
Although driverless technology is moving at a faster rate in the development of cars, it is larger vehicles that stand to benefit the most. In turn, this would then benefit all other road users through the improvement in safety of the most volatile vehicles on the road.
LVGs, HVGs, buses, and coaches are the biggest and heaviest types of vehicles – traits that make it harder to stop. Autonomous braking is therefore a key feature to prevent rear-end collisions. Larger commercial vehicles additionally have less visibility compared to other vehicle types, and thus hazard detection systems are especially valuable.
According to the Department for Transport, there has been a rise in pedal cyclist road traffic accident casualties in recent years. While this is partly due to a rise in the popularity of cycling following the UK Olympics and Tour de France, reports suggest an increase in larger vehicles involved in collisions as a result of slower braking and reduced visibility.
Road accidents caused by larger vehicles are also more severe, meaning any safety measures that can be implemented will improve safety on the roads not just for drivers of the vehicles themselves but also other road users. In addition, the owners of larger commercial vehicles will see a welcome reduction in their insurance premiums considering they pay the highest rates, making driverless technology a win-win proposition.
By Danielle Cripps, General Insurance Analyst