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“Look! No Hands!” Autonomous Vehicles in South Carolina?

The General Assembly is considering allowing autonomous vehicle manufacturers to test drive their vehicles in South Carolina.  This bill would require autonomous vehicle manufacturers to receive a permit from the State before testing their vehicles, and it does not allow for consumer use of autonomous vehicles.

Although this bill is a small step, autonomous vehicles do raise many new legal questions.  In years to come, autonomous technology will become a reality.  The traditional legal framework for vehicles will need to change because the driver—in the traditional sense—is not operating the vehicle; thus, holding the traditional driver liable for accidents caused by the computer in the vehicle may not be just. Continue reading

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