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Self-driving cars in Japan clear insurance hurdle

Coverage for pedestrian collisions protects owners like regular drivers

Insurance for self-driving cars will help the vehicles peacefully coexist with their conventional counterparts when they hit the road sometime next decade.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese insurers are preparing to cover collisions between self-driving vehicles and pedestrians under premium automobile policies, helping clear the way for these next-generation cars to hit the streets.

Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, Sompo Holdings unit Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance and two MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings units -- Mitsui Sumitomo and Aioi Nissay Dowa -- intend to handle such collisions under various optional automobile policies.

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