||Preparing for Automated Vehicles in Virginia
Noah J. Goodall
||There have been several recent advances in the automation of vehicle control, particularly in adaptive cruise control and automated steering. |
Some developers already are testing prototype automated vehicles on public roadways, and many manufacturers predict these limited-situation “self-driving” vehicles may be available for sale to the public as soon as 2020.
The deployment of automated vehicles onto public roads introduces several new near-term issues relevant to Virginia. These include: the legality of automated vehicles; their certification and licensing; insurance regulations; traffic impacts; litigation and liability; safety; and consistency with other states.
Based on a review of the literature and consultation with experts for government, academia and industry, this research will investigate the near-term potential issues of semi-automated traditional vehicles and low-speed fully-autonomous vehicles and provide recommendations that will address these concerns.