May 03, 2015
Few Laws Against Autonomous Vehicles

As long as a person with a driver's license is sitting behind the wheel the car can drive itself in most states. In the United States only New York state has a law requiring at least one hand on the wheel at all times. Since Tesla, Audi, Cadillac and other luxury car makers are rushing to add limited autonomous driving features to their cars the lack of laws lets faster innovation happen and will save lives as computers do a better job than humans at driving cars.

I am reminded of a book I read a long time ago by a Cuban (Shadow Warrior by Felix Rodriguez) who had worked for the CIA against Castro. One time he was cruising through the Florida Keys (might have been in the early 1960s) and got pulled over by the Florida state police. The cop walked up, saw he had a bazooka in the back seat, and said he was going to arrest Rodriguez. Rodriguez suggested calling back to the station to find out if there was a law against carrying a bazooka in the car. The cop agreed. The answer? No law. He let Rodriguez go.

Some stuff still is free to do because it hasn't been possible to do. Will states pass laws against self-driving vehicles? My guess is they will reduce the incidence of accidents. Governments should restrain themselves (as unnatural as that is) and wait to see if any real problems come up.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2015 May 03 09:04 PM 


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bob sykes said at May 6, 2015 4:25 AM:

Antiplanner, http://ti.org/antiplanner/, thinks autonomous vehicles would have a major impact reducing rush hour congestion. And the Uber guy thinks driverless Uber vehicles are possible. What about busses?

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