Self-Driving Cars and Liability in Traffic – Reality or Fiction? Cover Image

Сaмoуправљајућа возила и одговорност у саобраћају – стварност или фикција?
Self-Driving Cars and Liability in Traffic – Reality or Fiction?

Author(s): Nataša M. Tomić-Petrović
Subject(s): Social Philosophy, ICT Information and Communications Technologies, Philosophy of Law
Published by: Матица српска
Keywords: self-driving cars (driverless cars); reality; future; responsibility

Summary/Abstract: Self-driving vehicles are considered to be the technology that will change the city, public and private transportation, as well as the concept of mobility in general. The great obstacle to self-driving vehicles are legal conditions, although the situation in this area is slowly changing. It is indeed true that producers need to gain more experience in testing vehicles without a driver on public roads before this technology is offered to the general public. The expansion of autonomous vehicles will depend on the public belief that the self-driving cars are considerably safer than those manually-controlled. Lawmakers intercede in favor of a balance between security and technological development. There should not be place for unsafe technologies on the roads, but the solution is not to prevent the easier way for vehicles that improve safety to reach consumers. If a man is not driving the vehicle, that appoints responsibility to the manufacturer of the self-driving operating system of the car in the event of a collision. Clarification of the blame for the accident will sometimes entail complex issues of allocating responsibility of man as the driver and those who provide technology of autonomous vehicle. The issue of privacy of the owner is also one of the current ones, because these data could be misused. Protection of privacy of the passenger should be in balance with the gain that the utilization of data brings. Self-driving cars may have to wait if the existing legal framework does not offer sufficient legal certainty.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 168
  • Page Range: 769-776
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Serbian