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The transport sector is undergoing a major change. Much of it is being driven by artificial intelligence (AI).
Autonomous vehicles are not confined to our streets alone in those few parts of the world where pilot programmes are already underway.
All forms of transport, including cars, but also trains, ships and aeroplanes are looking to AI to enable smoother traffic flows.
The claim is that life will be easier when transport removes the human element. But more importantly, it will be safer, cleaner, smarter and more efficient.
AI could greatly reduce the number or severity of traffic accidents, by reducing the number of human errors. But these opportunities also present considerable challenges. Unintended consequences and abuse – for instance as part of a criminal or terrorist campaign.
Also, what do we do with all the people who currently rely on this industry for their livelihoods – or associated ones, such as logistics? Insurance also has to deal with ethical questions regarding liability for accidents involving AI driven vehicles. Will it lie with the owner, operator or manufacturer, whose AI ‘brain’ will have made the decisions in place of humans.
The EU is aware it needs to adapt its regulatory framework to make allowance for these technological developments. It wants to ensure that fundamental values and rights are respected, without stifling innovation.
The benefits are accepted, but much work will need to be done as there is no single definition of AI or its use. Nor can there be, as the term references a diverse – and disparate. – range of technologies.
This paper is a part of the process of making adaptations to develop strategies on the use of AI within the EU, the rules that will support the technologies and how it will continue to provide funding for research.
There is huge potential for the application of AI in vehicles on Europe’s roads, rail, airspace and waters. It focuses on the potential and the challenges each sector will face in adopting this technology.
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Digital Insurer's CommentsThe application of AI in our everyday lives brings novelty to what may prove to be a revolutionary technology for our society.
Driverless cars conjure up images of science fiction films, but in reality, the real life application will be rather more mundane.
This paper from the European Parliament’s think tank raises many of the important issues around how the EU will incorporate such technologies into the legal and regulatory framework while identifying many of the potential challenges that will have to be resolved before many of these applications see the light of day. Or perhaps it is more apposite to say, receive the green light.
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