Many vehicles today already possess advanced driver assistance mechanisms. The
prospect of increasing the automation levels of vehicles raises complex questions
concerning accountability and liability when accidents occur. While the universal, full
automation of vehicles is expected to result in enhanced safety for all traffic
participants, the foreseeable future will hold a mix of fully autonomous, partially
automated, and manually driven vehicles. The sober reality is that autonomous
vehicles - often presented by the industry as a panacea - may not necessarily
contribute to smarter cities, and that their relative safety levels may not be
competitive with present-day public transport.
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