Risk management issues may see fleets become some of the earliest adopters of driverless cars, according to Chevin Fleet Solutions.

Assuming such vehicle technology is proven to drastically reduce at-fault accidents, the pressure for fleets to acquire them may be ‘overwhelming’ said Chevin managing director Ashely Sowerby.

Sowerby said: "Thanks to health and safety considerations, it could be that the fleet industry becomes one of the earliest users. The promise of a potentially accident-free fleet will be too great an attraction to resist."

A number of surveys have shown a potential element of resistance to autonomous technology from drivers, however Sowerby said that ultimately the risk argument would win among fleets.

He said: ""If the choice facing a large organisation boils down to, drastically reduce the risk of accident from your fleet or upset a few drivers, then managers can only responsibly make one decision.

"Following on from this, the adoption of driverless cars prompts larger questions, such as whether the emergence of the autonomous car will lead to a general rethink on fleet ownership and car allocation.

"There is a long list of potential issues. Will the one car-one driver model survive? Will fleets continue to buy or lease cars, or instead use vehicle-on-call services? Will it lead to the emergence of a general corporate mobility model?