Dr Nicholas Bevan

Dr Nicholas Bevan

Sunday, 9 December 2018

DRIVERLESS VEHICLES: a future perfect? (part 2)

Strict liability under section 2 Automated And Electric Vehicles Act 2018 and the lack of suitable legal provision for intermediate levels of vehicle automation.

In the second of my New Law Journal mini-series, I consider the strengths and weaknesses of the Autonomous And Electric Vehicles Act 2018. 

I explain why this legislation is defective and why it is also a missed opportunity: as it fails to address the urgent need to clarify the law concerning the intermediate levels of vehicle automation that are close to market. I  conclude that victims of partially automated vehicles have been badly let down by the Department of Transport, that appears to have been browbeaten by the motor insurance industry into allowing them to cherry the pick low risk liability represented from the fully automated vehicles of the future.  The government has mapped out (imperfectly) the high ground of highly advanced automation but ignored the treacherous ground leading there.

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