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