Preview of Automated Vehicle Regulations in Germany

September 07, 2017

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure formally presented last week ethical guidelines that affirm that governments are focusing on similar themes in designing their regulatory approach to the automated vehicle industry. In keeping with proposed legislation and regulatory guidance in the United States, the guidelines recommend regulatory changes to address accident prevention, product liability, cybersecurity, data privacy, and public disclosure of programming methods. Although the guidelines demonstrate a certain harmony with other regulatory proposals, their lack of a binding legal framework demonstrates that all participants – big and small – in this growing industry potentially will face a patchwork of regulatory obligations.

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