If a Driver-Less independent Robotic Car Breaks a Traffic Law – Who Has…
Okay so, in the future there will be robotic cars which excursion themselves. Your car at first may be able to excursion itself on the freeway, or perhaps you already have a car which can similar park itself. If a car similar parks itself, and if it makes a mistake and takes out the rear tail light of the car in front of you as it is doing this maneuver, guess who has to pay? That’s right, it’s your responsibility, already though you are trusting the car to do its job.
So far, I haven’t heard of any situations of this happening, but it surely will in the future and it is something to think about – if your driverless independent robotic car breaks a traffic law, guess who has to pay the fine; you get to pay. Indeed, I doubt very much that such an excuse; that your robotic car broke the speed limit, or caused you to create a traffic infraction will be a authentic excuse that any estimate would care to hear.
Now then, I don’t doubt that they will hear these excuses, or you may feel that you are legitimately making a substantial argument in a traffic court, but chances are you won’t win your case, nor will your lawyer most likely if you hire one.
If you don’t think this future is coming, I can tell you it is. Not only will someday you fly on an airliner which does not have a human pilot, but you may soon excursion on a bus, ride on a aim, or have something you ordered travel by robotic truck – that future is coming, like it or not.
In fact, there was an interesting article recently in Physorg Online Science News last month titled; “Google gets driverless car law passed in Nevada” by Katie Gatto published on the web-blog on June 24, 2011. Okay so, this was a very interesting article and a great day for human robotic engineers and AI independent robotic unmanned vehicles. Probably not a good day for truck drivers, limo-drivers, taxi drivers, or anyone who makes their living as a driver, pilot, conductor, or boat captain as history may one day show.
Katie’s article online makes an interesting announcement and this might already come as a shock to some people. Now then, I am not so surprised because I did attend the first DARPA Challenge robotic contest in Nevada and was quite pleased with the progress. Well, that progress continues and robotic vehicles are becoming more and more accepted it seems. Katie Gatto, in her article states:
“The Nevada state legislature has just passed has just passed a bill, Assembly Bill No. 511, that does two things. First, the law allows the Nevada Department of Transportation to create rules and regulations regarding the use of self-driving cars, so that they can be used legally on the road. The second part of the law requires the Nevada state Department of Transportation to designate areas in which these vehicles can be tested.”
This is only the start, as this new law sets precedents in the State of Nevada, and other states will look towards it in coming up with their own traffic laws with regards to robotic vehicles. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it. If you have any interesting comments, concerns, and/or questions along this line of thinking then please shoot me an e-mail.