Supervised autonomous driving: A harmful idea
Inventivio Innovation Briefs, 2013-09
As autonomous vehicle technology matures, legislators in several US states, countries and the United Nations are debating changes to the legal framework. Unfortunately one of the core ideas of these legal efforts is untenable and has the potential to cripple the technology’s progress. We show that the idea of supervised autonomous driving is based on false premises and will greatly limit and delay adoption. Given the enormous loss of live in traffic (more than one million persons per year world wide) and the safety potential of the technology, any delay will incur large human costs.