Autonomous Vehicles and the Law
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Autonomous Vehicles and the Law

Technology, Algorithms and Ethics

Hannah Y. Lim

Autonomous vehicles have attracted a great deal of attention in the media, however there are some inconsistencies between the perception of autonomous vehicles’ capabilities and their actual functions. This book provides an accessible explanation of how autonomous vehicles function, suggesting appropriate regulatory responses to the existing and emerging technology.
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Chapter 3: Verifiable standards of care

Hannah Y. Lim


Chapter 3 examines the general requirements of negligence law focusing on the standard of care required. This is then applied to autonomous vehicles in terms of the areas where the standards of care are verifiable. It sets out the required standard of care for the devices and sensors that should be on board autonomous vehicles. This standard of care established is then applied to 4 accidents involving Tesla vehicles that caused 3 deaths and the accident involving Uber’s autonomous vehicle that killed a pedestrian. Other verifiable standards of care are also expounded, including safety drivers in test autonomous vehicles.

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