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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.

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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.

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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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