Lawmakers Discuss Autonomous Vehicles And Liability Issues

March 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Car Safety

According to several news agencies, the self-driving car technology debate may encourage lawmakers to look into proposals concerning liability laws that would encompass the complexity of the technology and the risks associated with the system.

Autonomous car technology has jumped straight out of the pages of science fiction and is now being updated and developed, which could make the technology available to the population.

Google has tested its autonomous cars in California and in Nevada. Now, a team of Google autonomous cars invaded Texas in order to carry out a research on driver-less vehicles.  BMW and Audi have also been working on developing their own fleet of driver-less cars.

The technology is already here, and lawmakers are being urged to catch up with the development of this new system in order to make it possible for the industry to develop the vehicles for consumers. Google’s autonomous cars have logged over 300,000 miles of driving on California roads. One crash was reported, however, the crash only occurred when the vehicle was under the control of a driver.

Lawmakers are now asking who would be reliable in case the autonomous cars were to be involved in an auto accident. According to the news, a legislator from Arizona has recently introduced a bill that would allow his state to be closer to the driver-less revolution by changing the state’s road laws.

Insurance companies reportedly approached the legislator in order to ask more questions concerning the liability issue.

Some believe that the person sitting behind the wheel, whether the vehicle was on full autonomous control or not, is the one to be held liable for the accident. In California, a bill was signed into law to expand the testing of autonomous car technology on CA state roads. Nevada did something similar and welcomed the technology legally. A lawmaker in Texas has now introduced a bill to add the terms “autonomous technology” and “autonomous motor vehicle” to the books after Google and the autonomous vehicle were given the avail to test the technology on Texas state roads.

Some believe that as the technology gets closer to the average consumers, laws must be added to the books in order to protect consumers, drivers, pedestrian, and passengers.

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