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Autonomous Vehicles: Key Elements of a Theoretical Legal Framework



Year of publication 2019
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Law

Description Today’s road traffic system is functional due to a complex set of rules. The key element of the system is a natural person in the driver’s seat that makes decisions. These decisions may vary from driver to driver, yet all of them can still be compliant. When talking about autonomous vehicles, there is a notion that they need to be instructed on how to behave in all possible situations. However, autonomous vehicles can adopt the same variety of decisions as human drivers do. On top of that, they can communicate with other vehicles, infrastructure and surrounding environment. As a result, autonomous vehicles can solve tasks together in a cooperative manner. Such shift in the capabilities of vehicles is so significant that we should not be asking how to make autonomous vehicles conform to the rules, but instead how to structure the rules so that they can conform with autonomous vehicles. This paper aims to answer the latter question. Firstly, it considers different technical solutions to the question of how autonomous vehicles should interact with each other. Secondly, it takes into account relevant legal research in the field of autonomous mobility. Finally, it provides a summary of key elements for a theoretical legal framework that can encompass autonomous vehicles.
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