Interesting but predictable spin on the technology I most want to see before I die.
Arizona lawmakers can’t get past who will be liable in a driverless car accident. We all know that Arizona’s lawmakers aren’t thought leaders and barely seem capable of living in a modern multicultural world. It’s a safe guess that the thought of an illegal Mexican immigrant crashing his driverless car keeps them up at night (with their hand on the AK under their pillow).
Why not look to other pilotless / driverless transport technologies out there? We know how to get people from point A to point B with out each person having to drive the vehicle themselves. We need to look to the legal framework these methods rely on to inform the legal direction for driverless cars.
This is all premature anyway. These misguided legislators aren’t seeing the big picture. When driverless cars become a reality it’s not going to be a case of the guy down the street hitting your regular car while his is on auto pilot. The first production driverless cars will most likely be hybrids that can be driven as we do today as well as in auto pilot mode under controlled conditions. We will most likely build designated routes that will likely include stretches of highway and urban centers which will only have automated traffic.
The automated vehicles will operate amidst a purpose built infrastructure. Imagine the driverless monorail systems at airports. Vehicles can move without drivers. Alongside the in car technology we will simultaneously build and implement external systems which will control and limit the movement of the vehicles. The technology will define the roadbed surface as ‘track’ which the automated cars cannot deviate from except in progammatically defined ways. These systems will be created by corporations and certified by governmental entities. The nature of liability in these situations will be entirely different than what we have today.