The Law and Autonomous Cars
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.
Volkswagen AG may be ordered to recall 124,000 of its plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles because their high-voltage charging systems contain a carcinogenic part.
The autonomous driving system in an Uber test car failed to identify a pedestrian or brake to avoid striking and killing her in Arizona two months ago, says the National Transportation Safety Board.
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