Autonomous Cars: The New American Outlaws?

Can the Driverless Car Really be Outlawed?

Since we are widely considered one of the premier names in automotive transport, we pay close attention to developments in the automobile industry. Perhaps the three biggest trends industry-wide are electric vehicles, car-to-car communication, and self-driving cars. The last of those three, also called robo-cars or autonomous vehicles, was reviewed recently by Declan McCullagh at CNET for a slew of legal implications surrounding the technology – which has already been cleared, with limitations, for roadways in Nevada and California.

Robot Car: Safe or Unsafe?

The self-driving car is making the rounds of the country, via automotive shipping services such as ours. Google, for instance, is sending out their newest model to different cities – for showcasing at auto shows and similar events – to increase the popularity of releasing the car onto the roads nationwide.

A human being has an accident every 160,000 miles. A robot, on the other hand, won’t necessarily make nearly as many mistakes (though, that may not adequately account for glitches). Those who back the car believe it will actually increase safety, even though it initially strikes us as scary, and a little Orwellian, to think of vehicles driving themselves around. Stanford University recently held a conference on the subject. Since Stanford is located in one of the biggest automotive transport states, when they hold events related to automotive innovations, it is doubly of interest to us.

Robot Car: Outlaw or Gentle Giant?

There are a number of issues surrounding the self-driving car. Creating laws to generally protect the creators and manufacturers of robots is one way to help the development of robo-cars. Two different types of robot code exist, broadly speaking – proprietary and open source. Open source robots, using the same basic freely accessible coding principles as found on the WordPress website platform or Linux Web servers could allow for much faster and more creative development of the technology.

What robo-car technology might allow is a world in which not just consumer vehicles but commercial vehicles such as the vehicle transporters we use are fully rather. That would make the roadways less vulnerable to human error. However, laws must first protect developers before we can be safer on our roads.

At the Stanford conference, Diana Cooper, a law student at the University of Ottawa, proposed a model for licensure of autonomous cars derived from the General Public License (GPL) that protects many free and open-source projects. This licensure would make it easier for the technology to develop, freely and openly, without people being excessively afraid of class-action lawsuits (also allowing many different looks and perspectives on the code).

Robot Car: Program it for Affordability

Robot cars are already getting shipped around the country, but the numbers are obviously small at this point because they have never been mass-produced. Need to transport a car yourself? To get the best quotes for transporting robotic or standard automobiles, our service allows you to pull in quotes from a number of different companies in one location.

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