Uber’s Self-Driving Car Fatality


Uber’s Self-Driving Car Fatality

This might be bad news for Uber. At AWS, we pride ourselves on staying abreast of the ever-changing world and the issues surrounding safety. In 2018, the world of autonomy is upon us, and as many may have feared, it has caused the loss of life. The first reported fatal crash involving a self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian in the US occurred in Arizona.

The self-driving car was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash, and the vehicle hit a woman who was walking outside of the crosswalk. She later died at the hospital. There was a vehicle operator inside the car at the time of the crash. Uber followed up by pausing its self-driving car operations in numerous cities.

Before the autonomous vehicles were on the road, insurers were already aware that these vehicles would have a huge impact on the automobile insurance industry. Research and computer modeling conducted by several institutes indicated that as many as 23 million fully autonomous vehicles would be traveling U.S highways by 2035.

This rapid growth of autonomous vehicles will involve a huge shift in our driving habits and designation of ownership of vehicles. These autonomous vehicles might not be owned by individuals, but by auto manufacturers such as General Motors or by technology companies such as Google and Apple.

Along with this issue, there is a reduced need for individual auto insurance due to urbanization and the rise of ride-sharing. With this incident in Arizona, the desire to move towards automated vehicles will likely see a decline. This is good news for insurers as well as automobile owners.

For any insurance needs, AWS is here to protect you and your loved ones. We aren’t just there for you during designated office hours; we are here for you 24/7. Our 24/7 AWS app helps you keep up to date with all of the following policies no matter where you are. Even as the world changes, you don’t have to fear anything with protection from our experienced insurance agents in New Orleans.

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Melinda Martin

Account Executive

Melinda began her insurance career in 1985 with Alexander & Alexander where she received her Property & Casualty and Life & Health license. Since then she has worked at various agencies in the New Orleans area and in California as a senior account manager for Employee Benefit Plans.  While in California, she was also the Membership Director for the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Melinda joined the AWS team in July of 2015.

Michael A. Seeling

Vice President

Graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.A. in Insurance Risk Management and is a graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School in New Orleans. He joined AWS in October of 2008 and has been awarded the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Certification (PPACA). Additionally, he is working towards his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), and Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC) designations. He is also a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), National Association of Insurance Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and is an active member of the Fore!Kids foundation.

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