Aviva has announced it has entered a five-year partnership with Darwin, which is trialling an autonomous shuttle at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.
Controlled by 5G, the shuttle will be able to transport travellers around the campus and drop them off at their destination, without the involvement of a human driver.
The insurer is planning to use data from the trial to help build a future model of motor insurance involving driverless cars.
Nick Amin, the chief operating officer at Aviva, said: “With this trial, we’re able to be there right from the start of the real-life application of autonomous vehicles operating on public roads, which will change not only our relationship with these vehicles but, more fundamentally, how we insure them.
“Autonomous vehicles could change the face of motor insurance within a decade. Through having access to the data from this trial, we can understand today the kinds of things we’ll have to consider in the future to keep passengers, pedestrians and all other road users safe when driverless technology hits public roads.”
Tom Pitney, motor underwriter at Aviva, said: “I’m thrilled to be involved in this trial, which will be the first of its kind in the UK. The vehicles we insure are constantly evolving and fully autonomous vehicles are on their way to our roads.
“This will result in a huge shift in the way we underwrite and price for these risks. Being involved at the outset enables us to better understand the future of mobility and ensure that we have a product ready to insure the vehicles of the future. Most importantly, this demonstrates our core purpose of ‘with you today for a better tomorrow’.”