Future Hurdles

AuthorNathan Baker
chapter 8
The impact of autonomous vehicles will stretch beyond civil and criminal
law, reaching into all aspects of society. In North America, where driving
is a cornerstone activity, change to that activity changes society. It will
take signif‌icant legislation to properly address the issues considered in
earlier chapters.
Automated vehicles rely on predictable conditions. They struggle
to appreciate poor decision making by human drivers and expect other
vehicles to act and react predictably. With improvements over time, auto-
mated systems will be better able to appreciate the situations in which
they may f‌ind themselves.
One issue that will af‌fect autonomous vehicles will be their reliance
on their sensors. Vehicles that rely on sensing technology may be thwarted
by inclement weather. Snow in particular is an enemy to the automated
vehicle. It can blind optical sensors, and it can confound radar, light detec-
tion and ranging (LiDAR), and sonar systems. Snow changes the vehicle’s
grip on the road and necessitates a change in the method of driving. It
blocks the ability to see road markings and confuses distances between
vehicles. This is a hurdle to be overcome through careful design—it is not
an absolute bar. Human drivers already operate their vehicles in less than
ideal situations. Adaptability to allow the system to rely on the data that

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