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A Legal Perspective on Three Misconceptions in Vehicle Automation


Publication Date: 
June 10, 2014
Book Chapter
Bibliography: Bryant Walker Smith, A Legal Perspective on Three Misconceptions in Vehicle Automation, in Road Vehicle Automation, Gereon Meyer & Sven Beiker, eds., Cham: Springer Verlag, 2014.


In this chapter I address three commonly misunderstood aspects of vehicle automation: capability, deployment, and connectivity. For each, I identify a myth pervading public discussion, provide a contradictory view common among experts, explain why that expert view is itself incomplete, and finally discuss the legal implications of this nuance. Although there are many more aspects that merit clarification, these three are linked because they suggest a shift in transportation from a product model to a service model, a point with which I conclude.