Automated and Autonomous Driving: Regulation under uncertainty

Many cars sold today are already capable of some level of automated operation, and prototype cars capable of driving autonomously have been - and continue to be - tested on public roads in Europe, Japan and the United States. These technologies have arrived rapidly on the market and their future deployment is expected to accelerate. Autonomous driving promises many benefits: improved safety, reduced congestion and lower stress for car occupants, among others. Authorities will have to adapt existing rules and create new ones in order to ensure the full compatibility of these vehicles with the public’s expectations regarding safety, legal responsibility and privacy. This report explores the strategic issues that will have to be considered by authorities as more fully automated and ultimately autonomous vehicles arrive on our streets and roads. It was drafted on the basis of expert input and discussions amongst project partners in addition to a review of relevant published research and position papers.

Automated driving technologies are mostly mature and some autonomous driving is here already

Most of the core technologies required for fully autonomous driving are available today, many are mature and some are already being deployed in commercially available vehicles.

Self-driving cars seem a near-term possibility but their range of capabilities is unclear

Many major car manufacturers and several technology firms have announced the commercial production of highly automated vehicles starting in 2017. Many observers expect there to be a wide range of such models on the market by 2030, and some of these may be self-driving. It is not clear at present, however, to what extent these vehicles will be capable of self-driving in all circumstances.

31. Mai 2017

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