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.
When you think of complex, highly technical devices that you use every day in your car—in fact, possibly as much as three to 10 times per minute—you probably don’t think of your rearview mirror.
People have been dreaming about flying cars since the early days of the auto and aircraft industries.
Although all OEMs and suppliers do their utmost best to assure nothing but top-notch quality is achieved for their vehicles and systems, sometimes things simply go wrong because, well, that’s just how the Universe is.