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Should it be legal to let your self-driving car drive you on autopilot?

Self Drive Tesla on the road
Self Drive Tesla on the road

Since the rise of Tesla technology in cars has never been more important, with manufacturers now locked in a race to impress modern consumers with new added gadgets with futuristic innovations especially when it comes to automatic driving, has is gone too far? And how is the law seeing it?

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self driving cars autonomous-driverless

One of the most famous incidents of a man allowing his car to drive itself was in on in April of 2018 in Hertfordshire, where a man was recorded in the passenger seat of his Tesla S 60 while it drove on autopilot at 40mph. The steering wheel was clearly unattended and at the time the car was navigating through heavy traffic, which can be seen as quite irresponsible. The police clearly saw it this way, banning him from driving for 1

8 months and giving the man a 1800 pounds fine.

Mercedes self drive
Mercedes self drive

But since this story went worldwide many people have been pondering over the fact that should it be an offence? The driver in an interview stated his car was in control at all times and pointed to the ‘amazing’ self driving system the car has which in this instance did not create an accident and was able to transport him safely. But regardless of your personal opinion the law, for now at least, are cracking down on self driving vehicles and are firm to hand out what they see as appropriate punishment.

Self-driving cars are a relatively new concept with many autopilot systems in cars being far from perfect which even Elon Musk, the owner of Tesla, will be the first to admit. But many people will continue to argue that self-driving cars can prevent a lot of drink driving incidents and potentially save lives and save people points on their licence. But for now the law is taking a tough stance on this and for the foreseeable future it will be illegal for yourself driving car to completely drive you to your destination.