Everyday drivers in Lamont and Shafter might soon join the ranks of trained
professionals that are test driving autonomous vehicles, according to
draft rules issued by the State of California.
Theoretically, automakers could
lease driverless cars to all drivers, resulting in a higher volume of test data that is also
more accurate. In addition to a standard drivers’ license, the operator
would have to be certified by the DMV to use a driverless car. Somewhat
to the chagrin of industry executives, the vehicles must have steering
wheels because of a mandatory override system that kicks in if the computer
is hacked. Currently, there are over 100 prototypes prowling California
streets, and about three-fourths of them are owned by Google.
The DMV will hold at least two public meetings before the rules are finalized
in late 2016.
The Automatic Defense
Semi-autonomous cars are already
widely available. Most all new vehicles have an array of sensors that enables these cars
to park themselves, set their own speeds, and warn drivers if there are
vehicles in their blind spots. Moreover, Volvo is scheduled to release
an autopilot car in the very near future. All this technology begs the
question of who is at fault if a driver gets a traffic ticket in one of
Driverless cars may eventually add an additional
legal defense to a traffic ticket: the sensor did not go off properly, so the car made
an illegal lane change by itself. Under standard legal theory in tort
law, the car’s owner would still get the ticket. But there is nothing
“standard” about a driverless car, so this area is unexplored
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