Driverless Cars Still Subject To Human Laws

Posted on February 10, 2016

It appears that self-driving vehicles will be treated no differently than if a human were driving. 

In a letter from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Paul A. Hemmersbaugh, chief counsel at the NHTSA, states, "We agree with Google its [self-driving vehicle] will not have a driver in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years...If no human occupant of the vehicle can actually drive the vehicle, it is more reasonable to identify the driver as whatever (as opposed to whoever) is doing the driving."

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