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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

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The thing about driverless cars is that they will almost certainly carry the means to analyse an accident after it has happened, and at that point it should be *very* easy to attribute blame, whether it is the software developer, the owner of the vehicle doing something stupid, or a cyclist or pedestrian doing something reckless.

There needs to be a process in place for the relevant telemetry to be easily available to crash investigators in a standard format, and I doubt if anyone has started work on that yet.

Speaking as a cyclist *and* a driver, I don't have a problem with the concept of driverless cars, as long as they aim to behave like a "perfect" driver *and* if it becomes apparent that a given software/hardware implementation controlling autonomous vehicles is flawed, vehicles using that implementation are banned from driving autonomously on the road until it's fixed, and if no fix is forthcoming, the autonomous capability should be permanently disabled. (A large number of angry owners should give manufacturers a good incentive to fix things promptly...)

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