Self-driving cars may need lessons in breaking the law
November 2018

November 2018

Source: The Times

This article is about how driverless cars may have to be programmed to break the rules of the road to prevent accidents and traffic jams according to the Law Commission. A review of legislation governing autonomous vehicles said that certain circumstances could require them to mount the pavement, exceed the speed limit or edge through pedestrians to avoid causing chaos on the roads.

The article discusses the results of Arthur D. Little’s study ‘Capacity effect of autonomous vehicles’ which found that during the initial use of self-driving cars, when they are expected to share roads with human drivers, traffic jams may increase by more than 16 per cent if vehicles failed to edge their way into gaps between cars or change lanes quickly enough.