The applications for driverless vehicles are too numerous to list.  The benefits follow suit.  For example, driverless cars could transport workers while they work in their mobile offices.  Convoys of freight trucks could roll at 100 mph down dedicated highway lanes unencumbered by sleep, food, and bathroom breaks.

Thanks to motor-vehicle technology advancements, the wonders of computer programming, and GPS accuracy, all this could occur minus human error thereby improving public safety.  Brian Dumaine writes about it in Fortune magazine (“The Driverless Revolution” 12/12/12, pp. 31–32):

“Google has now proved that a self-driving car can travel more than 300,000 miles without a mishap.” (p. 31)

This is all wonderful.  Nevertheless, the fly in the ointment shows up when an accident does happen.

The insurance companies will hate it, but the lawyers will love it because they will have to determine liability.  Liability could be pinned on one of three parties—the vehicle manufacturer, the software designer, or the GPS provider.  Won’t that be a tangled web to unweave?

I can see the bumper sticker now:  LFDV—Lawyers For Driverless Vehicles.

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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