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Automated Vehicle Laws

Suing the Driverless Car

Canadians are starting to purchase vehicles that claim to reduce the burden of driving. Tesla claims to be selling, for example, vehicles with “full self-driving capability”. In addition, Tesla claims the Model 3 will recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs providing automatic driving on city streets. In the small print Tesla, However,…

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Are Self-Driving Cars Legal 2019?

No, self-driving cars are not legal in British Columbia. There are no legislated standards for self-driving vehicle operation on our roads. British Columbia is therefore lacking in regulation, certification, and insurance for self-driving cars. State Run Auto Insurance- ICBC This is, in part, because we have a state controlled auto insurer, ICBC. Increasing single vehicle…

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Autonomous Car as Driver

Self-driving car laws will force us to share the road with driverless cars. As a result, cities will try to restrict the use of self-driving vehicles. However, provincial and federal legislation could prevent city regulation. If this sounds like science fiction, think again. The Autonomous Vehicles Act, has been tabled and debated in Illinois since…

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Neighbourly Love in the Era of Autonomous Vehicles

Our cars are taking over the important functions of driving. Therefore, automakers and the others that control vehicle behaviour are learning to love thy neighbour.  Since 2016 NHTSA has recommended highly automated vehicle systems, the HAV system, be deemed “the driver” for purposes of traffic laws. As responsibility shifts to manufacturers, self-driving vehicles will be…

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