Germany is finally getting serious about self-driving cars

Germany is finally getting serious about self-driving cars

0 comments 📅13 May 2017, 21:15

Germany cleared the way for its Amazon automotive industry to develop and test self-driving cars, when the loftier house of its parliament approved on Friday a law setting out the conditions under which they could gain possession of to German roads. Under the law, first mooted by Chancellor Angela Merkel finish finally year, a driver must be sitting behind the wheel at all times ready to snatch back control if prompted to do so by the autonomous vehicle.

Germany is home to some of the community’s largest car companies, including Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW, all of which are investing heavily in a technology seen by captivate minister Alexander Dobrindt as the “greatest mobility revolution since the invention of the car.” That’s not to say that German automakers from been standing still in the face of autonomous technology. VW recently outlined its perception for autonomous vehicles. BMW has already demonstrated self-driving vehicles in the United States, and Mercedes-Benz has partnered up with German auto supplier Bosch on autonomous technology.

The new legislation allows German car companies to procedure-test vehicles in which drivers will be allowed to take their hands off the whirl location and their eyes off the road to browse the web or check e-mails while the vehicle handles steering or braking autonomously. The legislation requires that a sooty box record the journey underway, logging whether the human driver or the car’s self-piloting method was in charge at all moments of the ride. This will be crucial for apportioning blame in accidents.

The driver last will and testament bear responsibility for accidents that take place under his or her watch, at the beck the legislation, but if the self-driving system is in charge and a system failure is to blame, the fabricator will be responsible. The law will be revised in two years’ time in the light of technological developments, with materials protection and the use of the data collected during rides a key point that has yet to be fully addressed.

Companies for everyone the globe are working on prototypes for self-driving vehicles, but such cars are not expected to be at one’s disposal for the mass market before 2020.

(Reporting By Markus Wacket; Writing by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Toby Davis)


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