Australian Committee thinks it should be OK for drunk people to use autonomous cars

It seems certain that autonomous vehicles are making their way into our lives. With that in mind, we have to tailor existing legislation to their use to get the full benefits out of them. At least, that’s what The Australian National Transport Commission (NTC) plans to do. They’re starting with DUI laws.

In a report published earlier this month, the NTC proposes changing current legislature on DUI. They argue that requiring for occupants of self-driving cars to be sober only negates part of the benefits of such technology.

“One potential barrier to receiving the full benefits of automated vehicles would be to require occupants of automated vehicles, who are not driving, to comply with drink-driving laws,” the report reads.

“This would create a barrier to using a vehicle to safely drive home after drinking.”

 

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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