Road Vehicle Automation

Part of the series Lecture Notes in Mobility pp 85-91


A Legal Perspective on Three Misconceptions in Vehicle Automation

  • Bryant Walker SmithAffiliated withUniversity of South Carolina School of LawCenter for Internet and Society at Stanford Law SchoolCenter for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) Email author 

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In this chapter I address three commonly misunderstood aspects of vehicle automation: capability, deployment, and connectivity. For each, I identify a myth pervading public discussion, provide a contradictory view common among experts, explain why that expert view is itself incomplete, and finally discuss the legal implications of this nuance. Although there are many more aspects that merit clarification, these three are linked because they suggest a shift in transportation from a product model to a service model, a point with which I conclude.


Vehicle automation Automated driving Autonomous driving Self-driving Driverless Law Regulation Tort law Levels of automation DSRC V2V V2I V2X Telematics NHTSA