...Finally, there are many sticky legal issues that must be resolved before driverless cars can be made available on a widespread basis. For example, what if an autonomous vehicle hits a pedestrian? Is the company responsible or the owner of the vehicle? Should the AI in vehicles prioritize the safety of those in the vehicle or those outside? What happens when two autonomous vehicles collide? Numerous states have already passed legislation that governs self-driving vehicles, as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation and NHTSA.
These regulations, while absolutely necessary, significantly slow the rate of progress at which autonomous vehicles can be developed.
Bottom line? We’ve got a long way to go before truly autonomous Level 5 vehicles are available on a widespread basis.