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MAL 2020
Published by Mike Shea in Motoring · 18 August 2020
Tags: Robotsautomatedcarsartificalintelligencesafety
Many years ago, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov defined three core rules that robots should be governed by: to cause no human harm; to allow a human to come to harm; to allow no harm to itself.  Let's hope that when autonomous cars start to drive on our roads that they have the same principles built into their software.

The Government has asked industry for evidence to prepare for the introduction of new Automated Lane Keeping System (ALKS) technology, which can entirely control a vehicle at low speeds, from early next year.  The system would enable vehicles to control themselves for extended periods of time without driver intervention, and has proposed allowing the use of the system at speeds of up to 70mph on UK roads.

This has interesting connotations on both the role of the driver and proposed rules on using the system. For example, if a car with ALKS is legally defined as autonomous, that could make the technology provider, rather than the driver, responsible for the vehicle’s safety.  Motoring lawyers will have a field day!

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