What Legal Issues Confront Driverless Car Owners?

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Now that Driverless Cars are a reality and there are a few out on the roads, it’s time to figure out the legal issues. For instance, who’s responsible if the vehicle crashes? And, worse, kills someone? Let’s see what the experts (meaning us) have to say…
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The Ethics Of Driverless Cars

Will we need a license to “drive” the driverless car? Probably, since some kind of override feature will have to be installed. Besides, how else will we fund all the abuse we already put up with at the DMV?
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The Ethics Of Driverless Cars

What kind of training will we need in the driverless car? Will it be more complicated than those rules we have to obey already? You know what? Screw it. Let’s just call a cab…
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The Ethics Of Driverless Cars

Who pays the Driverless car speeding ticket? If you’re not at the wheel, are you responsible if your driverless car ignores the speed limit? “I’m sorry officer, but my wife is having a baby… robot?”
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The Ethics Of Driverless Cars

Can robots be charged with a crime? What happens if your driverless car goes insane and kills a pedestrian while you helplessly watch in horror? Who goes to jail? Better hope robots have a conscience…
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The Ethics Of Driverless Cars

Will there be a new crime called RUI? In a driverless car, that would be interpreted as “Riding Under The Influence.” Will it be a crime? What will the blood alcohol limit level be? Wasn’t this new world supposed to be FUN?
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The Driverless Taxi Cab. One day, we’ll be able to hop in the back seat of an autonomous vehicle and just say where we want to go. But, what if we complain about the fare? Can the driverless car keep us locked in until we pay up? Keep some extra cash on hand…
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The Ethics Of Driverless Cars

Will the cops be able to stop you in your tracks? Count on it. In fact, police agencies are salivating over Driverless Car technology. It would mean the end of the highway chase. And put a bunch of helicopter pilots out of business…
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The Ethics Of Driverless Cars

Who controls the Driverless Car code? Should it be the manufacturer? Or do you get to override the factory defaults and swing them in your favor in the event of a crash? Unfortunately, Apple just found out that there’s no such thing as an uncrackable code. Especially for the FBI…
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And, Finally…

The I, Robot First Law: Isaac Asimov made this rule famous by mandating that robots cannot harm humans under any circumstances. So, what happens if a driverless car cannot avoid a crash? Does it commit suicide by driving into a wall? With you inside? Let’s hope we never find that one out…
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