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What should we do after the first fatal crash of an automated car?

Scott Le Vine, Centre for Transport Studies
22 July 2016
Scott Le Vine is associate professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and research associate at the Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London.
Scott Le Vine is associate professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and research associate at the Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London.

 

NEARLY TWO months after the fact, it has become known that in May what appears to be the first fatality in a highly-automated car occurred. A Tesla Model S operating in ‘Autopilot’ mode struck the trailer of an articulated lorry, killing the driver of the Model S. Neither the Autopilot system nor the driver (who was meant to be attentive to road conditions at all times, as per Autopilot’s user agreement) recognised the hazard. This incident – and Tesla’s management...

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