Germany Aims to Make First Legal Framework for Self-Driving Cars

Germany Aims to Make First Legal Framework for Self-Driving Cars

The laws attempt to deal with what some call the “Death Valley” of autonomous vehicles: the gray area between semi-autonomous and fully driverless cars that could delay the driverless future.

German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt. (Photo: Audi)
German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt. (Photo: Audi)

New Scientist reported that this month, Germany’s Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrindt, proposed a bill to provide the first legal framework for autonomous vehicles. The bill would govern how such cars perform in collisions where lives might be lost.

The laws attempt to deal with what some call the “Death Valley” of autonomous vehicles: the gray area between semi-autonomous and fully driverless cars that could delay the driverless future.

Dobrindt wants three things: that a car always opts for property damage over personal injury; that it never distinguishes between humans based on categories such as age or race; and that if a human removes his or her hands from the steering wheel, the car’s manufacturer is liable if there is a collision.

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