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Autonomous Vehicles

Tracing the Locus of Regulation and Liability

9781803924427 Edward Elgar Publishing
Atilla Kasap, AFB School of Law, Ondokuz Mayis University, Turkey
Publication Date: October 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80392 442 7 Extent: c 224 pp
Delving deep into the emerging international and federal statutory and legislative developments surrounding Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technologies, Atilla Kasap assesses whether current motor vehicle regulations, liability law and the liability insurance system are fit for purpose today and in the future.

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Delving deep into the emerging international and federal statutory and legislative developments surrounding Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technologies, Atilla Kasap assesses whether current motor vehicle regulations, liability law and the liability insurance system are fit for purpose today and in the future.

Making a significant and novel contribution to the field, this cutting-edge book comprehensively surveys the promises offered by AVs, including radically reduced road incidents, and economic, environmental and societal benefits, alongside the significant regulatory and liability problems the technology faces. Kasap finds that, as AVs are one of the most significant and profound technological advances of the 21st century, relying on machine learning and pattern recognition systems to function, the current liability regime surrounding them requires a rethinking. Critically analysing the tort liability of AVs, chapters deconstruct and reconstruct a tort law regime for AVs, ultimately solving how policymakers should approach the challenges faced in regulating and enacting AV legislation.

Interdisciplinary in approach, it will prove invaluable to students and scholars of computer science and law, particularly those studying AI and robotics law, and those interested in the regulation and governance of AV technology. It also offers vital tools for policymakers seeking concrete principles on which to define potential laws and regulations for AV technology.
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‘For anyone interested in any aspect of autonomous vehicles, from the history of efforts to replace drivers, captains, and pilots, to the technology that will enable that replacement, to the legal reforms required to enable the use of autonomous vehicles, to the disruptive effects they will have on the tort system, this is a comprehensive, readable, and well-constructed source for that information.’
– Michael D. Green, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, US

‘An incisive book addressing issues of liability arising from the use of autonomous vehicles as well as the appropriate timing and scope of regulation in this area. Kasap offers an original and insightful analysis of the current legal and regulatory framework in the US that is up to date with the latest relevant technological developments and scholarly contributions.’
– Apostolos Chronopoulos, Queen Mary University of London, UK
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Contents: Introduction to regulatory and liability-related questions posed by autonomous vehicles PART I A BRIEF PRIMER ON AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES (AVs) 1. Paving the way: defining the “autonomy” and “automated” of autonomous and automated vehicles 2. The historical development of AVs 3. Autonomous vehicle technology and the state of the art PART II STATUTORY AND REGULATORY REFORMS OF AV TECHNOLOGY:INTERNATIONAL AND U.S. FEDERAL APPROACHES 4. Introduction to Part II 5. International approach 6. Federal law of the United States of America 7. Concluding remarks PART III DECONSTRUCTING AND RECONSTRUCTING A TORT LAW REGIME FOR AVs 8. Introduction to Part III 9. Setting the scene: which entity is “the manufacturer”? 10. Strict product liability 11. Negligence 12. Misrepresentation 13. Proving defect and negligence 14. The case for owners’ liability 15. The possible role of the insurance industry Conclusive remarks on the interaction between law and
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