Naturally everyone knows most common advantages of autonomous (not autopilot-controlled) cars, e.g. safety, efficiency, parking, etc.

But are there any advantages for the law? Normally you only hear about problems like having to change a lot of the legal aspects.

I would have thought that there was no hit and run, drunk driving and generally no deliberately caused car accidents.

I would be very interested if someone would come up with further advantages.

I hope this is the right page for a question like that.

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    $\begingroup$ I would argue that the prevention of illegal activity is not a “legal advantage” - in any case you should be absolutely specific in your definition of what you mean by the term. Also, any answer would be highly country-dependent. $\endgroup$ – indiscreteLogarithm Oct 7 '18 at 20:23

It is only a matter of time before autonomous vehicles surpass human driven vehicles in terms of passenger and pedestrian safety. We can expect that some cities and regions in the world will be dominated by AVs.

When this occurs to a sufficient degree, it is more than merely probable that the remaining human drivers will be seen as a nuisance, since they cause the greatest proportion of road risk. People will react two ways to this idea.

  1. Fear, because the notion speaks of a future drastically different from the last hundred years, the culture of which has been influenced by powerful advertising connecting a person's virility, femininity, or autonomy with their automobiles

  2. Humor, because it is so obvious to anyone who drives that so many of the other drivers are a nuisance — Those that are brutally self-honest would see that, at certain times, they themselves are nuisances.

It is very probable that laws against human driving will eventually start in one or two jurisdictions where critical proportions of well designed AVs on the roads have been reached. From there it will spread.

It would not be surprising if, in fifty years, when the world population is at least double, vehicular fatalities will have radically decreased because of AVs. If nothing interferes to stop such a trend, the jurisdictions that continue to permit unregulated driving would be then considered uncivilized and dangerous.

We can imagine travel brochures saying, "Vacation in Ireland, now sidewalk-safe," because Ireland had passed a law ten years prior to gradually reduce the number of registered vehicles with steering wheels to zero. Sidewalk safe might not be the term, but some marketing term for AV only roadways will be coined to sell tourists and families.

  • $\begingroup$ This is no answer to the question - what you describe is i) speculative and ii) has little to do with legal frameworks, except for your assumption that laws will inevitably be introduced to support the use of AV. No -1 because as stated in my comment to the question, I doubt anyone could answer unless we agree on some definition of “advantages for the law”. $\endgroup$ – indiscreteLogarithm Oct 11 '18 at 5:16

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