Legal Accelerators and Brakes for Deployment of Automated Vehicles

Published in: Road Vehicle Automation 2 (Cham, Switzerland: Springer, June 2015), 13 pages

Posted on RAND.org on February 20, 2015

by Karlyn D. Stanley, Ellen Partridge, Frank Douma

This chapter will review three questions that prompted significant discussion at the 2014 Symposium on Vehicle Automation sponsored by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) as potential accelerators or brakes for deployment of automated vehicles: (1) Where are uniform laws needed? (2) What deployment will come first and will it be evolutionary or revolutionary? (3) How should tests be devised for ratings or certification? Participants in the "Legal Accelerators and Brakes" session noted that the legal environment does not appear to be the obstacle, or "brake" to autonomous vehicle deployment that many fear it will be. Greater uniformity in operational laws, such as tailgating and distracted driving, as well as in safety testing standards, could potentially accelerate deployment. Participants in the session concluded that key privacy and security questions will be informed by legal developments that are not unique to driving.

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