What changes in the ownership experience can consumers expect?

As self-driving vehicles from automotive OEMs are being tested, consumers have a expressed concerns about how this new type of vehicle will change the ownership experience.

How will insurance be affected?

Automotive safety features in the past have provided savings opportunities for insurance premiums in the past.  Consumers want to know how insurance premiums will likely change with the introduction of self-driving vehicles.  Self-driving vehicles are engineered to be safer, lowering risks for providers and the overall number of claims submitted.  This could translate into lower premiums for drivers.  The alternative scenario is that people may soon find that the responsibility for insurance requirements may be reduced or shared with key car manufacturers.  Automotive OEMs will continue to focus on building better, safer automotive systems backed by quality parts and components as vehicles become more sophisticated in nature.

What will the new driving test look like?

For states like Georgia, there is a written examination and a driving test required of new drivers.  As the cars continue to become more advanced, there may be a time where drivers have to complete a highly technical driving assessment focusing on the new features like autonomous steering, lane switching, and braking.  Drivers may be expected to demonstrate their proficiency in regaining control of their vehicles and a solid understanding of the advanced automotive systems and their functions.

How will security risks be addressed?

Recalls for software will become increasingly commonplace.  Proactive car manufacturers committed to automotive safety will rely on the best and brightest technical professionals to monitor glitches and identify security risks compromising the safety of the vehicle.  The consumer will have to become more comfortable with apps.  Drivers will be vulnerable to hacking attempts through the apps they download to use as a part of their driving experience.  Trade associations, automakers and the technical community will work together closely to monitor these risks and keep the public safe.

How will the driving laws be changed?

The driving laws will move from being relatively static in nature to more organic as cars continue to evolve.  What may look like reckless driving in a traditional car may not look the same in the case of an autonomous driving vehicle incident.  For example, a glitch in the software could cause a person to complete a maneuver unintentionally while the car is being operated in autonomous mode.  Determining how accountability will be addressed will be a major hurdle for legislators.

As an OEM supplier of certified parts, Dixien, LLC will continue to focus on building reliable metal components and plastic components that support these driving innovations.  As a leading parts supplier to the automotive community for over 40 years, we take our commitment to building ISO compliant parts seriously, striving for excellence in everything we do when it comes to parts manufacturing.