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. 3132):
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 partiesthe vehicle manufacturer, the software designer, or the GPS provider. Wont that be a tangled web to unweave?
I can see the bumper sticker now: LFDVLawyers For Driverless Vehicles.
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