NPA panel eyes rules for self-driving cars

posted on October 23, 2015

Work to create rules for putting self-driving vehicles into practical use is kicking into high gear as progress continues on the development of such vehicles.

Hopes are high that automated driving technology will reduce traffic accidents and congestion. But the "ultimate safety technology" faces many issues over its practical use, such as who will be liable if a self-driving car causes an accident.

The National Police Agency will launch a committee Friday to study legal and operational issues. Based on that, legal arrangements, including law revisions, are expected to be made.

Placing high hopes on "dream cars," an official at Nissan Motor Co.'s public relations section said: "The number of accidents and traffic jams caused by human error, such as drivers' carelessness and delayed reactions, is likely to fall. Such vehicles could also serve as a means of transportation for the elderly and disabled."

Automakers, including Nissan and Toyota Motor Corp., and the government are increasing efforts to put self-driving vehicles into practical use, possibly before the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.

Logistics companies, which have suffered labor shortages, also have high expectations for self-driving vehicles.

source by newsonjapan
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