Fundamental and special legal questions for autonomous vehicles

  • The "Autonomous driving on the roads of the future: Villa Ladenburg Project" by the Daimler und Benz-Stiftung looks at degrees of automation that will only become technically feasible in the distant future. The treatment of the legal questions in the present chapter therefore draws heavily on the description of the use cases, which begin to provide a concrete basis for evaluating individual issues. Uncertainties in predicting future technical developments can be expected and will have a commensurate impact on the assumptions and conclusions of this chapter. The resulting uncertainty is nevertheless unavoidable if one wants to press ahead with important interrelated issues. This chapter is therefore intended as a contribution to the debate on societal aspects of automated driving from a legal perspective and not as a legalistic evaluation of the subject. The consideration will largely focus on the situation within the context of current German law. The legal views expressed are those of the author and are based on nine years of experience in the field of driver assistance system research. In terms of the underlying conception presented here, the societal dimension of autonomous vehicles addressed in the present project goes well beyond the adjustments to the legal framework currently being called for in Germany. The following will examine the question of "societal acceptance" in the context of the legal questions raised by autonomous vehicles. This line of investigation is not immediately obvious and covers only a segment of the more thoroughgoing focus of the project.

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Author:Tom Michael Gasser
Parent Title (English):Autonomous driving : technical, legal and social aspects
Place of publication:Berlin
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2018/10/19
Date of first publication:2019/09/17
Release Date:2019/09/17
Tag:Automatisch; Entwicklung; Fahrerassistenzsystem; Fahrzeug; Gesetzgebung; Sicherheit; Straßenverkehrsrecht
Automatic; Development; Driver assistance system; Legislation; Safety; Traffic regulation; Vehicle
First Page:523
page number: Document ends on page ...:551
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Institutes:Abteilung Fahrzeugtechnik / Abteilung Fahrzeugtechnik
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 60 Technik / 600 Technik, Technologie
collections:BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 91 Fahrzeugkonstruktion

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