Should Police Be Able to Stop a Self-Driving Car in a High-Speed Chase?
The second those red and blue lights start blinking in your rear-view mirror, you have two choices. You can pull over and get the inevitable ticket, or you can take off like you’re Bo and Luke Duke. Most of us wisely choose the former, but what will happen when the car in question is a self-driving vehicle? According to Slate, there are some serious questions about just how much control the police should have over self-driving cars. We are required to obey laws when we are driving and it makes sense that self-driving cars obey the same laws. If they can be programmed to stop at lights and yield to pedestrians, then they should be programmed to stop for a police officer too. RELATED: How Autonomous Cars Could Save Us Billions
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There are concerns about data security and the extent to which the authorities should be able to gather information from autonomous vehicles. Our cars have an increasingly large amount of our personal information. A police officer could, hypothetically, pull over a car and download all of that information in the course of a traffic stop in order to identify the vehicle’s occupants. Determining how much of that data is okay to use and how much is too much poses a problem.
Aside from the data, there’s also the possibility an officer could take control of a car. This could eliminate a lot of dangerous car chases, but it again poses the problem of placing limitations. How much control is too much? These are the questions that both the law enforcement community and the public need to answer before autonomous cars become the norm.
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