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News From The Future: States Pass Laws Allowing Driverless Cars

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News From The Future: States Pass Laws Allowing Driverless Cars… via CiS.

For the purposes of this section, a person shall be deemed not to be operating a motor vehicle if the motor vehicle is driven autonomously through the use of artificial-intelligence software and the autonomous operation of the motor vehicle is authorized by law.

..Section 8 of this bill requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to adopt 21 regulations authorizing the operation of autonomous vehicles on highways within 22 the State of Nevada. Section 8 defines an “autonomous vehicle” to mean a motor 23 vehicle that uses artificial intelligence, sensors and global positioning system
– *AB511_R3*24 coordinates to drive itself without the active intervention of a human operator. 25 Section 2 of this bill requires the Department, by regulation, to establish a driver’s 26 license endorsement for the operation of an autonomous vehicle on the highways of 27 this State.

Full PDF here. I’m pretty sure you “could” use a driverless car in any state since there aren’t any laws specifically against it, but that’s not usually how the US legal system really works.

Artificial-intelligence and autonomous cars may ultimately be more “accepted” than Segways Human Transporters. When a artificial-intelligence, autonomous car eventually harms someone it will be interesting to see how the case goes, if the source code is opened to inspect, will the programmers get sued, the owner of the car?

Post up in the comments… check back in 5 years to see if your predictions were correct.

12 thoughts on “News From The Future: States Pass Laws Allowing Driverless Cars

  1. next up:  lines of software offered into evidence at traffic court.

    (“as the judge can plainly see, this function returns with *no value set*…”)

  2. “…if the source code is opened to inspect, will the programmers get sued, the owner of the car?”

    The correct answer is anyone and everyone with money, thanks for playing!

  3. I think Asomov had a story where the main character cared for old retired automated cars. Seems they still funtioned and only required basic maintinance. They had names and responded to human attention. He had less than a dozen to care for. Each car had a reason why they weren’t junked or recycled. 

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