YET ANOTHER HUMAN EXPERIENCE MAY BE TAKEN FROM US? THE A.V.!
Automotive and technology industries have made significant advancements in creating, testing and developing expanding autonomous vehicles that can operate and navigate on our roadways with no human input.
As you recall from earlier posts, the laws and their judicial development have been asleep while the internet world and other developments such as drones ripped past the legislatures and the courts.
The implementation of the Autonomous Vehicles (not ATV, not RV, not SUV, not cross-over etc. but AV); will also yield challenging legal concerns for us all.
We would expect manufactures such as General Motors and Volvo to be frantically developing AVs. But GOOGLE? Big time and rapidly. They even are reported to have cars that do not even have a steering wheel! The belief is that viable AVs are less than ten years from production. In some circles, there are even ratings for AVs between 0 and 4; 4 being where the human cannot even take back control if he wanted to! The development is severely outpacing legislation.
The legal nightmares lie ahead. We have the “feds” with all their overlapping and conflicting agencies. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; US Department of Transportation, Interstate Commerce Commission and who knows how many others will want regulatory involvement.
A cursory thought about law enforcement raises many questions and can send chili peppers snaking down our torsos. We know how law enforcement (and others?) have extra big snooping and recording devises. They have “robo” cops to go into places to get shot instead of the police being shot. (Please go back and review my post on StingRays; a must). Law Enforcement will want these AVs. Will law enforcement have them first? As we know, if law enforcement can get them, so can the bad guys.
Laws will need to differentiate between commercial versus private uses. How will the laws address interstate carriers, ATVs, motorhomes/trailers/5th wheels?
Currently, a few states have jumped into the fray (does anyone know what a “fray” is?) by trying to legislate the experimenting, testing and application of these AVs on our roads. As you can expect, it is easy to see fights for “big brotherhood” over AVs between the feds and the individual states.
We may have an early feel on these answers if we learn which manufacturers will lobby which legal entities harder, faster, and sooner. Of course, manufactures in this case include companies like GOOGLE. The feds will likely win on this point because manufactures will not want to meet 50 different guidelines. Sooo… expect big brother to take over soon; but likely too late.
NEXT TIME: WHY DO YOU, AS THE BUSINESS OWNER/MANAGER, CARE ABOUT THESE EMERGING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES PROBLEMS?