[LINK] Why you may not own, or drive your vehicle in 10 years time

David Lochrin dlochrin at key.net.au
Thu Jun 9 22:29:48 AEST 2016

On 2016-06-09 21:32 I wrote:

> Suppose there's been heavy rain for three days and numerous warnings about flooding on local roads.  Ignoring the warnings, I drive around a bend and hit water 30cm deep at the speed limit with the result the car aquaplanes causing an accident with multiple fatalities.  With a conventional car I think there'd be no doubt about the outcome - I'd be doing porridge for negligent driving.  But what person would be responsible with a driverless vehicle?  Who would the relatives of the dead victims sue, or have they no comeback?

Sorry, the point of this example was lost during editing...  Driving in a real-world context relies on a wider set of information than is present in the immediate vehicle environment.  No matter how good the sensors and AI software might be, they're not the same as a human functioning in the real world.  In this case the onboard system wasn't monitoring the media and the weather.

David L.

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