Until recently, the concept car was illegal in all 50 states. In June, Nevada passed a bill authorizing the Department of Transportation to develop regulations for driverless cars, opening the doors for this technology to one day go mainstream.
Developing rules helps navigate uncharted situations like the following. If a driverless car gets into an accident, who’s at fault: the software or the “driver”? (The answer: We’re still figuring it out.)
“The technology is ahead of the law in many areas,” Bernard Lu, senior staff counsel for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, told the New York Times. “If you look at the vehicle code, there are dozens of laws pertaining to the driver of a vehicle, and they all presume to have a human being operating the vehicle.”