Self Driving Car

High Hopes for Self Driving Cars

by William Mattar | November 22nd, 2017

An interview of the technical leader of Ford’s autonomous car project reinforces that the American auto manufacturer has high hopes for self-driving cars. According to Jim McBride, “technical leader in Ford’s autonomous vehicles team,” Ford has “roughly ten [self-driving] cars driving right now” with plans to “triple that” by the end of the year. Its […]

New York State and the Self Driving Car

by William Mattar | November 10th, 2017

Governor Cuomo recently announced that, during a year-long pilot program, New York will allow testing of autonomous driving technology.   Under the program, if the application of a manufacturer of “autonomous vehicle technology” — which queries “date and time”; “origin and destination”; “sequence of roads . . .”; and “total routing distance in miles to […]

When can I buy a self-driving car?

by William Mattar | October 19th, 2017

An article in USA Today cites, “Three stages before cars are fully self driving,” breaks the transition to autonomous cars down into three stages. While, according to the article, developers are “truly are on the cusp of the kind of automation that signals that the future has arrived, one in which a car actually makes […]

Will Self-Driving Cars Make Roads Safer?

by William Mattar | October 5th, 2017

As outlined in a number of previous entries, the proponents of self-driving cars argue that their widespread use will drastically reduce the number of collisions and, as a result, injuries and deaths resulting from such collisions. A recent study by the RAND organizations casts some doubt on this assumption—or at least posits that such an […]

Autonomous Autos to Navigate with ‘Lidar’

by William Mattar | September 21st, 2017

As examined in a previous blog entry, autonomous vehicle rely on an array of technologies—from cameras to sensors to more sophisticated “lidar”—to navigate roadways. An article in Fortune, “What Happened When Ford Tested Its Self-Driving Car in Total Darkness” explores just how advanced self-driving technologies have become. The article discusses a “recent test at Ford’s […]

Autonomous Car Liability

by William Mattar | September 21st, 2017

A law review article published in the Southern Methodist University Science and Technology Law Review makes the novel argument that “[l]aws governing canine ownership are a good model on which to base laws governing autonomous cars.” While it may seem implausible to compare a sentient animal—a dog—to the motions, sensors and axels of an autonomous […]

Self Driving Cars vs. ‘Shabby’ Roadways

by Dawn Raub | September 8th, 2017

It is well-accepted that America’s roadway infrastructure is in need of reboot. How will self-driving cars respond to “shabby U.S. roadways,” as they were recently described in a Reuters article. The author sets the scene: A press event at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Volvo’s semi-autonomous prototype is in the limelight. Things don’t go as […]

Self-Driving Car Freedom?

by William Mattar | August 28th, 2017

Today’s entry takes a look at a scholarly article published just over a year ago in the Yale Journal of Law and Technology: The Costs of Self-Driving Cars: Reconciling Freedom and Privacy With Tort Liability In Autonomous Vehicle Regulation. Analyzing the laws of agency and products liability, the article’s main thrust is that “the more […]

Could self-driving cars impact our privacy?

by William Mattar | July 11th, 2017

“In [a] near-future filled with self-driving cars, the price of convenience is surveillance.” That is the argument advanced in a recent Atlantic article, “How Self-Driving Cars Will Threaten privacy.” The article begins with a morning commute “sometime in the indeterminate future” where the humanoid voice of a hypothetical self-driving car makes seemingly innocuous suggestions as […]

Self-Driving Uber Cars??

by William Mattar | July 11th, 2017

Will self-driving cars eliminate the livery industry as we know it today? A recent Reuter’s article seems to presage, at the very least, major changes. According to a recent Reuter article, citing an auto industry cars source, ride-hailing service Uber is looking to place a “large order for self-driving cars.” Would a fleet of Uber-bots […]