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Absence of regulatory oversight will slow down development of autonomous cars: Volvo

Published: October 08, 2015 | Sweden

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The US risks losing its leading global position in the development of self-driving cars if it allows a patchwork of varying state laws and regulations to develop, according to Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars.

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According to his speech at a high level seminar on self-driving cars organized by Volvo Cars and the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC on Thursday, the US is currently the most progressive country in the world in autonomous driving (AD), but add this position could be eroded if a national framework for regulation and testing is not developed.

Mr Samuelsson addresses a select audience at a seminar entitled “A Future with Self Driving Cars – Is it Safe?” at the House of Sweden in Washington DC, during which he will emphasize that the introduction of self-driving cars on the world’s roads will happen more quickly than many lawmakers anticipated. Europe has suffered to some extent by having a patchwork of rules and regulations. It would be a shame if the US took a similar path to Europe in this crucial area.

Mr Samuelsson clearly states Volvo’s position on both of these contentious issues. He also urges regulators to work closely with car makers to solve controversial outstanding issues such as questions over legal liability in the event that a self-driving car is involved in a crash or hacked by a criminal third party.

He also says Volvo will accept full liability whenever one if its cars is in autonomous mode, making it one of the first car makers in the world to make such a promise.  He also shares Volvo’s evolving defensive software to counter the risks associated with hacking a car.

Source: Volvo

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