The U.S. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recently issued a set of guidelines for autonomous vehicles, also known as self-driving cars. This is a productive first step by the U.S. government to regulate this emerging technology. But more is needed. The excitement around this innovative technology needs to be balanced with the safety considerations.
Autonomous vehicles will make the future a more efficient, safer and fun existence for all of us, and expand mobility to millions of elderly and disabled individuals. Vehicles will be better utilized and entire industries — from the auto industry itself to insurance, legal, software development and many others — will undergo seismic change.