Robot law, a research center at the University of Würzburg’s law school.
Jurists there are discussing the laws that will be needed for driverless cars, among other things.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung said car manufacturers have come up with a plan to move us to fully automated driving:
“Step 0: Manual driving.”
“1. Assisted driving with distance measurement, parking aids, lane tracking systems.”
“2. Partially automated driving: Drivers will no longer have to steer in certain situations, such as on the Autobahn, but they will remain vigilent.”
“3. Highly automated driving: The vehicle will find its way alone, but a person will still sit behind the steering wheel.”
“4. Fully automated driving: For certain applications such as parking and rearranging cars in parking garages, a driver is no longer necessary.”
“5. Driverless driving: Human drivers will no longer sit behind the wheel in these ‘robot taxis.'”
German car manufacturers are currently working on fusioning all the aids and assists that are on the market now. We’ll be between steps 2 and 3 for about the next five years, an industry representative said.
The head of the robot law working group at Würzburg said if driverless cars are given the status of e.g. an “ePerson,” they can be criminally prosecuted after an injury occurs. This would limit the liability of the auto manufacturers.
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