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David dlochrin at key.net.au
Sun Mar 17 16:53:39 AEDT 2019

On Sunday, 17 March 2019 15:17:20 AEDT Stephen Loosley wrote:

> The Tesla Team 1 March, 2019
> https://www.tesla.com/en_AU/blog/upgrading-autopilot-and-full-self-driving-capability
> [...]
> Full Self-Driving capability includes Navigate on Autopilot, Advanced Summon, Auto Lane Change, Autopark and, later this year, will recognize and respond to traffic lights.

So does "full self driving" mean I can sit on the back set and read a book?  I suspect that phrase is just marketing hyperbole, but the mere possibility makes me feel "incredibly excited".

Does anyone know how Australian legislation regards self-driving vehicles?  How would criminal and/or civil responsibility be partitioned between a human "driver" and their vehicle in the event of an accident?

Does an injured party have any _practical_ recourse against whatever legal entities (manufacturer, subcontractors, service agents, government type approval agencies, etc.) are associated with the vehicle?  Or would the argument get mired in proprietary algorithms?

You could even imagine a dispute between the manufacturer and a local-government authority about whether a road was suitable for driverless vehicle operation.

But I suppose we'll see another example of the socialisation of corporate liability, this time via compulsory third-party insurance. 

David L.

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