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The Law and Autonomous Cars


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Features that enable your car to drive itself are coming to market now, but regulations to govern their performance have lagged, notes Jennifer Dukarski, an attorney with the Butzel Long law firm.

Among the biggest challenges are state laws, which vary widely and could hobble the ability of a self-driving car to lawfully cross state lines. One state might require an automatic car to have a steering wheel anyway, but another may not care, for example.

But Dukarski says introducing technologies ahead of regulations to govern them isn’t necessarily a bad thing. She also reports rapid progress to resolve issues of cyber security, data privacy and intellectual property rights.