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Autonomous Vehicles Are No Longer a Thing of the Past – Georgia Law is Prepared for the Future


August 17, 2019

UNITED STATES AND GEORGIA – According to an online article published by www.entrepreneur.com, autonomous vehicles may shape the future of driving forever as more vehicles are introduced worldwide.*

Large companies such as Google, Lyft, Tesla, Uber, and Apple are at the forefront of the autonomous vehicle industry and have been preparing for the future of driving for many years.  Uber and Lyft see the introduction of autonomous vehicles as one way to cut costs.  For other companies, cutting down on the number of traffic accidents is a significant benefit of autonomous vehicles.

Approximately 94 percent of traffic accidents are caused by human error, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Autonomous vehicles, therefore, should help to reduce the number of accidents that lead to severe injuries and death.  Additional benefits of autonomous vehicles are the reduction of CO2 emissions, lower fuel consumption, and a reduction in congestion. 

While autonomous vehicles are on the rise, it will still take time to fully introduce these vehicles into the stream of commerce.  The autonomous vehicle industry has work to do to ensure such vehicles are safe.  

Just last year, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle, providing one example that demonstrates automakers may not be ready to release autonomous vehicles on a widespread scale.  Tesla also has challenges to face, as one individual was killed earlier this year while engaging the Autopilot feature of his Model X. Safety remains a challenge that automakers will have to address.

Georgia Introduces Legislation to Regulate Autonomous Vehicles 

Under Georgia Code §40-8-11 (2017), drivers may lawfully operate autonomous vehicles so long as the vehicle is in compliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards, the vehicle can “achieve a minimal risk condition in the event of a failure of the automated driving system,” and the vehicle is covered by insurance, among other requirements.  While Georgia law establishes the framework for the introduction of autonomous vehicles, the laws may need to adapt as autonomous vehicles continue their development into the future.

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Source:https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/334995 and https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812115

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