Technology is moving faster than the legal system in every industry, and automated driving is no exception.
In order for society to manage and apportion the risks associated with automated technology, the rules of the road need to be rewritten.
Imagine a scenario where sensor-laden vehicles pass through intersections by communicating with each other, rather than grinding to a halt at traffic lights. A newly published study co-authored by MIT researchers claims this kind of traffic-light-free transportation design, if it ever arrives, could allow twice as much traffic to use the roads.
There is something very appealing about the self-driving car of the not too distant future. They'll be no more need to be alert and awake for the 5 hour trip home after a weekend away, relationships will be saved because they'll be no occasion to get lost, "discuss" directions or try to contradict the navigation system. I once said to my husband, are you going to listen to me or "her" (the car's navigation system) - not a good question to ask when you have to spend several more hours in the car with someone. Maybe even the elimination of road rage and distracted driving?
An Insurance Journal article reports that driverless cars could be on the road by 2017 – in just 2 years!