Driverless cars – The future of road transport and the implications for insurance (1)

Holiday Inn Cambridge
Tuesday, 08 January 2019
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • David Williams, Technical Director, AXA Insurance


The session will cover the Government backed consortia, look at the ongoing government consultation and how it may impact the regulatory timetable, and the wider implications of European restrictions / opportunities. Data will be a key area going forward and we will look at the issues in that regards, together with the wider work carried out by Thatcham and the ABI ADIG (Autonomous Driving Group). It will also look at the potential impact on insurance risks and products in a future of connected and autonomous vehicles and speculate as to how quickly we will see these vehicles on UK roads. There will be a brief overview of the implications for the commercial vehicle space (it's not just cars!) and particularly the UK haulage industry.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this event, the delegate will be able to identify:

  • details of the governments work with regard to making connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) a reality for the UK
  • an understanding of CAVs on the current insurance market, including changes to motor and public/products liability
  • an understanding of some of the Government backed consortia and why insurers are involved in these
  • how the UK insurance industry is responding and the workings of the ABI/ADIG
  • possible timelines for the various stages of driver assistance systems moving through to fully autonomous driving


David Williams, Technical Director, AXA Insurance

David Williams has over 30 years' experience in general insurance roles including Chief Commercial Underwriter at one of AXA's largest branches, Reinsurance Manager, Casualty Insurance Manager, before moving to lead AXA's Personal and Commercial Claims teams.

David returned to underwriting as Managing Director, Underwriting, and now has a broader role reporting in to CEO, Claudio Gienal as part of the newly recombined AXA general insurance businesses in the UK. He was heavily involved in the government and ABI responses to the 'Liability Crisis' just after the Access to Justice Act and continues his lobbying work on behalf of the insurance industry.

He is an outspoken critic of claims farming, credit hire, high legal costs and exaggerated whiplash claims. As well as operating at an Executive level within AXA Insurance, David is a Non-Executive Director of AXA Assistance UK, Vice President of the CII and Chair of the CII Underwriting Faculty. He is Chair of the recently formed Autonomous Driving Insurance Group and RISC Authority, was previously a member of the National Stakeholder Council for the Government's 'Workplace Health Connect' initiative. He was also a director of Thatcham, the insurance industry motor vehicle research institute for four years.

  • Holiday Inn Cambridge
  • Bridge Road, Impington
  • Cambridge
  • CB24 9PH
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