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UK Considering Bill on Automated and Electric Vehicles

A new bill introduced in the UK Parliament would govern self-driving cars and electric vehicles. The bill will require insurance for both the automated vehicle itself and the driver of an automated vehicle. It provides that the vehicle insurer will be liable for accidents caused by an automated vehicle that is driving itself; however, if an accident is caused by the human driver, the...

Accident-Free Driverless Cars?

Autonomous vehicle technology developer Mobileye provided the industry with proposed standards to control how self-driving cars operate. These standards, which are based on mathematical formulas, are meant to ensure that the self-driving car does not cause accidents, and to determine how liability will be assigned if an accident occurs. Thus, for example, the standards might ensure...

New Federal Policy on Automated Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have issued “version 2.0” of the Federal Automated Vehicle Policy, originally released in 2016. Automated Driving Systems: A Vision for Safety 2.0 is shorter and more streamlined than the original policy guidance. It contains voluntary guidance for manufacturers of Level 3-5 automated driving...

House Passes Self-Driving Car Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the SELF DRIVE Act, federal legislation governing self-driving cars. As previously noted, the bill would exempt up to 100,000 autonomous vehicles from existing federal safety rules, and would instead require the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop new standards for autonomous vehicles. The DOT would have authority over testing of...

How Highly Automated Vehicles Will Drive Legal Change

Those watching the automated vehicle industry expect a shift in the next few decades from humans driving cars with some automated functions to fully or near-fully autonomous vehicles that need limited or no human driver involvement. When highly automated vehicles are prevalent on the road, the legal risks associated with manufacturing cars and driving them will naturally be allocated...

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