The responsibilities and liability of a self-driving vehicle user

By: Dr. Philip Koopman, Edge Case Research & Carnegie Mellon University

Vehicle Automation Modes. Image CC BY 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Vehicle Automation Modes. Image CC BY 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

If you follow self-driving car technology it’s likely you’ve encountered the SAE Levels of automation. The SAE Levels range from 0 to 5, with higher numbers indicating more capable driving automation technology. Unfortunately, in public discussions there is significant confusion and misuse of that terminology. In large part that is because the SAE Levels are primarily based on an engineering view rather than the perspective of a person driving the car.

We need a different categorization approach. One that emphasizes…

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