The Law and Autonomous Vehicles
When will we see autonomous vehicles on our roads? The answer is that to some degree, they are already here. Numerous organisations are testing fully autonomous prototypes on public roads in the UK, and even commercially available vehicles already have several ‘quasi-autonomous’ features. KPMG has forecasted that the connected and autonomous vehicles market could be worth as much as £51 billion to the British economy by 2030 and could create some 30,000 new jobs over the same period.
Accordingly, the UK and a number of other jurisdictions are already implementing legal reforms with a view to smoothing the path for this technology. Notably, Parliament has passed the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 dealing with the insurance of such vehicles, and changes are currently being made to the Road Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 and to the Highway Code to accommodate highly automated technologies. The government has also issued non-statutory guidance in relation to testing on public roads, and in relation to vehicle cybersecurity.
Against this rapidly changing landscape, this book analyses the key legal issues facing autonomous vehicles, including testing on public roads, insurance, product liability, and cyber security and data protection. It also examines the approach being taken in other jurisdictions, including Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, the USA, and South Africa.
1. Introduction 2. Testing Autonomous Vehicles 3. Insurance 4. Product Liability 5. Cyber Security and Data Protection 6. International Comparisons 7. Future Developments; Appendix I: Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018; Appendix II: The Key Principles of Vehicle Cyber Security for Connected and Automated Vehicles; Appendix III: Levels of Vehicle Automation
'The Law and Autonomous Vehicles is the first edition of what is bound to become one of those stalwarts of practitioners’ desktop libraries (or eBook favourites).
...the authors provide enough detail to enable readers to understand the key legislation, cases and codes of practice in each area and consistently offer guidance about how the law is likely to apply in practice. Indeed, this is the first book to provide a tool of its kind for practitioners.
...the book is invaluable for the work it does in identifying and critiquing ‘grey areas’ and gaps in the law. But the authors go further: they provide incisive analysis of what these ‘grey areas’ and gaps mean for clients and, refreshingly, share their views about concrete ways in which lawyers might help their clients to pre-empt difficulties arising from them.
...rigorous academically while being utterly practical.'
Leah Grolman, SCL July 2019