Self Driving Car

Sensors and the Self Driving Car

by William Mattar | December 19th, 2017

According to a New York Times report, Delphi Automotive, an Israeli company known for producing the sensors that help cars recognize roadway obstacles, has partnered with Mobileye, a vendor of computer-vision technology. The collaboration, according to chairman and chief technology of Mobileye, “will accelerate the time to market” by enabling carmakers to produce autonomous vehicles […]

Self-Driving Cars and the Impact on Society

by William Mattar | December 6th, 2017

It is generally assumed that the advent of self-driving car technology will change the dynamic of society. One facet of this change will, of course, be economic. An article in CNN Money explored the anticipated consequences for car service Uber, the ubiquitous alternative to the fares of traditional taxi medallions that can be beckoned in […]

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 […]