Bruno & Bruno
Call For A Free Initial Consultation
En Español
PLEASE NOTE: To protect your safety in response to the threats of COVID-19 and in compliance with Governor John Bell Edwards’ Stay at Home Order (Proclamation No. 33 JBE 2020), we are offering our clients and prospective clients the ability to meet with us in person, correspond electronically, through video conference or telephone. Please call our office to discuss your options.
Review Us

New study asserts self-driving vehicle takeover by mid-century

Many New Orleans residents have probably heard about the furor to get self-driving cars out on the road. It may sound like a science fiction movie, but these vehicles are more of a reality than many people may know. Autonomous (or self-driving) cars have been tested for a couple of years, and some states are modifying their laws so that they can be tested on their streets. There have been many promising results, and according to a new study, these promising early days will foster a sweeping change in the future.

The study, prepared by IHS Automotive, makes two bold predictions: that by 2035, self-driving cars will account for half of car purchases in the U.S.; and 15 years after that, in 2050, "almost all" vehicles will have some sort of "autonomous mode."

These are some pretty bold proclamations, but it isn't hard to envision a future where convenient self-driving cars are the predominant means of transportation -- the word "convenient" being key in that sentence.

However, what happens when that convenience malfunctions? When a defective self-driving car makes it onto the road (it's not a matter of "if"), how do we deal with the aftermath of what that defective vehicle caused?

This is a complex idea. For example, what if you get pulled over by the cops for a traffic violation while in a self-driving car? How does that work? What about a car accident? Where does liability fall in such a case? What if the self-driving car fails and the driver is placed in an emergency situation where he or she needs to drive -- but he or she is drunk because they expected their self-driving car to work flawlessly?

Source: The Detroit Bureau, "Self-driving cars popular by mid-century: study," Paul A. Eisenstein, Jan. 6, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information