Automated Vehicle Crashes

– THE CENTER FOR INTERNET AND SOCIETY AT STANFORD LAW SCHOOL, MAY 13 2015, BY PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported on several past crashes involving automated vehicles. (Per SAE Standard J3016, I use the term “automated vehicle” instead of “autonomous vehicle” or “self-driving car” or “driverless car.”) A few thoughts:

1) As I wrote in 2012, we would need more information — about the crashes themselves, the conditions under which each company’s automated vehicles are tested, and the situations in which each company’s test drivers intervene — to provide statistical context for these incidents.

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