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Autonomous Vehicles: The Black Box Legislation

POR: Alex Perrone

Tesla Model S concept prototype presented at IAA International Motor Show on September 20, 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany

Germany arranged new enactment to require producers of automobiles furnished with an autopilot system to introduce a “black box” to securely takeover driving duty in case of accident, European transport service sources told Reuters about a month ago.

The lethal crash of a Tesla Motors Inc Model S in its Autopilot mode has put the weight on the industry officials and controllers to guarantee that robotic driving tech can be operated securely.

Dobrindt’s proposition additionally deliberates on the points of interest such as what a driver can and can’t do in the driver’s seat – as indicated by Reuters, Germany would make it ESSENTIALL  for a human in the driver’s seat, yet the individual in question doesn’t necessarily have to focus on any other activity or concentrate on guiding the automobiles.

Tesla machine shop in Frankfurt center. Tesla is an American public company designs, manufactures, and sells electric car

Vehicle makers would now be in charge of introducing the “secret” elements, yet the proposition doesn’t clarify how the law will apply to semi-self-driving vehicles that are as of now on our roads, similar to the Tesla Model S. Will they and should they be retroffitted, and if so will Tesla take the tab for existing cars or are their clients paying top dollar AGAIN? Will current dealers and owners quit? German legislators need to answer those inquiries under the watchful eye of the new proposition should it become a real law.

Germany’s choice goes ahead of a series of recent self-driving vehicle crashes, including the main one report d in the news: Joshua Brown kicked the bucket in his Tesla Model S toward the beginning of May, setting off an examination by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and drawing the considerable attention of European governments.

Reuters reports that the German Minister of Transport will send a newer draft of its enactment to different services for endorsement the late spring of 2017.

Germany is home to a portion of the world’s biggest auto organizations including Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW and the German administration needs their businesses to become a worldwide player in the market for self-driving vehicles.


Chancellor Angela Merkel said in April 2016 that their auto industry ought to draw up a list of things to get and do via Berlin in order create self-driving vehicles. In a perfect world they would have a strict timetable. Companies around the globe are working on prototypes for self-driving vehicles, but such cars are not expected to be available for the mass market before 2020.

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