A Look at the Legal Environment for Driverless Vehicles - Chapter II: New Technologies and Legal Change: A Brief History
NCHRP Legal Research Digest 69, Forthcoming
20 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2016 Last revised: 2 Feb 2016
Date Written: October 1, 2015
This chapter draft is part of a larger report on the legal issues associated with driverless vehicles (NCHRP Legal Research Digest 69), co-authored with Professors Dorothy Glancy and Robert Peterson of the Santa Clara University School of Law. This chapter draft discusses the early legal responses to technologies such as steamboats, railroads, telegraphy, automobiles, airplanes, and computers, with an emphasis on how the law has been invoked to address the perceived risks associated with these devices and systems.
Keywords: tort law, criminal law, legal history, innovation, steamboats, railroads, telegraphy, automobiles, airplances, computers, driverless vehicles, autonomous vehicles
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