When it Works in Rome

When these driverless cars work in Rome, I’m game. Until then, not.

Will autonomous computer-piloted automobiles change the world? Some say yes others say no. I’ve been known to have my doubts that they’ll clear regulatory hurdles, and Megan McArdle observes that the structure of personal injury litigation in the United States could be a major challenge. But she also points to the reason I’m fundamentally optimistic, namely that the United States isn’t an island.

She says that “If driverless cars happen, I expect they’ll be pioneered in Europe, and only grudgingly be adopted here.”

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  • Joe Canner

    It’s a shame (and a sad irony) that liability concerns might signficantly delay introduction in the US of a revolutionary technology that could signficantly *reduce* accidents.

  • Jag

    We’ve also significantly delayed introduction of a non-revolutionary technology that would also significantly reduce accidents and transportation cost, high-speed trains.

  • Rick G.

    In our city they’ve even resisted commuter trains, which I don’t understand at all. I would much rather spend an hour reading a book than an hour staring a brake lights.