A Look at the Legal Environment for Driverless Vehicles

Sometime within the next decade, driverless vehicles will join conventional vehicles, which are operated by human drivers, on the roads of the United States. Even if driverless vehicles are adopted only gradually and partially, their introduction onto roadways still will have numerous legal ramifications. How soon and how smoothly driverless vehicles merge onto U.S. roads and highways will depend, in part, on how the legal system resolves the many legal issues implicated by these vehicles. Driverless vehicles will inherit a framework of laws designed for conventional vehicles. Some states already have begun to make minor modifications to this framework to account for the unique capabilities and concerns associated with driverless vehicles. In the future, these intersections of the law and driverless technologies will grow increasingly numerous and complicated. This digest has been prepared to assist policymakers in anticipating, working through, and resolving the legal policy issues that may be associated with driverless vehicles. It provides policymakers with an introduction to how civil and criminal liability may adhere to driverless vehicles, the implications of these vehicles for privacy and security, how these vehicles are likely to become subject to and potentially alter prevailing automobile insurance regimes, and other related topics.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 80p
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  • Accession Number: 01595710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309375016
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NCHRP Project 20-06, Topic 21-01
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 4 2016 2:41PM