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China is enforcing a ban on testing self-driving cars until regulations covering the technology are in place, which is fair enough, as it would give legislation some time to keep up with the emerging technology.

Recently, three incidents of crashes involving Tesla’s self-driving feature on the Model S were reported, one of which was fatal. As expected, legal liabilities can become complicated.

Drivers testing the Autosteer feature seem to have a tendency to completely let go of control of their vehicle, despite warnings that the self-driving features of Tesla are in beta state. The website states, “Tesla requires drivers to remain engaged and aware when Autosteer is enabled. Drivers must keep their hands on the steering wheel.” But sadly, people don’t.

Tesla’s Autosteer (Beta). Tesla Motors.

Other countries are also drafting laws to cover the new technology: Germany is reportedly considering laws requiring “black boxes” in self-driving vehicles.

Until these regulations are concluded and enforced, companies creating autonomous vehicles will have to test their products within their premises and not on highways.


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