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Self-driving cars and its (legal) future

Vienna   /   Mon, April 16, 2018   /  03:22 pm
Self-driving cars and its (legal) future Around the globe, people die every day due to careless driving, with around 90 percent of all accidents caused by human error and just a small percentage due to a technical fault related to the vehicle. (Shutterstock/File)

Self-driving cars react in a split second: quicker than even the most attentive driver. Self-driving cars don’t get tired, they don’t lose concentration or become aggressive; they’re not bothered by everyday problems and thoughts; they don’t get hungry or develop headaches. Self-driving cars don’t drink alcohol or drive under the influence of drugs. In short, human error, the number one cause of road traffic accidents, could be made a thing of the past in one fell swoop if manual driving were to be banned immediately. Is that right? It would be, if there hadn’t recently been reports about two deaths, one during the test drive for a self-driving car (Uber) and one while a semiautonomous vehicle was driving on a motorway and using its lane assist system (Tesla), both of which regrettably occurred in the United States in March 2018. In Tesla’s...

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