Proceed with caution when adopting driverless technology

Driverless vehicles are the latest vehicle technology being introduced to the world ("US sets guidelines for driverless cars"; yesterday).

But before the Singapore Government gives approval for these vehicles to be driven on our roads, it should be assured that the vehicles are 100 per cent ready for public roads.

We should not depend only on the manufacturer's word. All technology, no matter how advanced and how many precautions are taken, can fail.

Our driverless trains are a case in point. However, while the breakdown of a train means a disruption in service on a route, the breakdown of technology in a driverless car can mean death on the road.

Another grey area is the issue of insurance coverage ("Time to rev up discussion about insurance for driverless cars"; Sept 7).

When a driverless car is involved in an accident, who is responsible - the car owner, the car agent or the car manufacturer?

I hope the Government will proceed with caution until all these issues are settled. We should err on the side of safety rather than show off our ability to adopt modern technology.

Ronnie Lim Ah Bee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2016, with the headline 'Proceed with caution when adopting driverless technology'. Print Edition | Subscribe