Never Is Not Answer When Law Commission Asks Whether Driverless Cars Can Nudge Pedestrians

Rather amazingly, a legal peek into the future governance of autonomous vehicles has asked when it might be “required” for driverless cars to break the law – and the answer seems to be “plenty of times.” A joint consultation by the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission has suggested creating a “digital Highway Code” that would allow carmakers to program AVs to exceed speed limits, drive up on to sidewalks and “edge through pedestrians.”

The lawyers who drew up the consultation agree such measures would be “controversial” and that “we have not yet reached any conclusions” so they “welcome your views.”