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The reasonable robot

Pywell, Stephanie (2016). The reasonable robot. New Law Journal, 166(7700) pp. 19–20.

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This article ponders some of the liability dilemmas facing UK law-makers at the dawn of the age of driverless cars. These autonomous vehicles (AVs) are forecast to be on the UK's streets by 2017. This unprecedented relationship between humans and machines will require an adaptation of the law governing liability for accidents. The fundamental issues raised by AVs need to be tackled now, so that reactive law-making is avoided.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0306-6479
Keywords: driverless cars; autonomous vehicles; liability; reasonable robot
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Law
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 46520
Depositing User: Stephanie Pywell
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2016 12:57
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 11:23
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