Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Urgently Needed

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3Q 2014 | IN-1020396

Legislation Is a Key Barrier for Driverless Vehicle Uptake


Regulation, legislation, and liability issues are most often mentioned as the major barriers standing in the way of the adoption of autonomous vehicles, followed by reliability, consumer attitudes and acceptance, costs, and security. The United States is clearly leading the way, at least on the state level, in putting in place legal frameworks for autonomous vehicles, with California, Nevada, Florida, Michigan, and Washington, D.C., having passed laws. However, NHTSA has largely stayed numb on proposing national rulemaking.

In Europe, Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, and Austria have requested an amendment of Article 8 of the 1968 United Nations Convention on Road Traffic to allow autonomous technologies on the condition that “….such systems can be overridden or switched off by the driver.” So, it does not cater to driverless vehicles but does accommodate certain forms of non-overridable ADAS-like automation in emerg...

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