Is the United States Ready for Autonomous Vehicles

May 2023

Portia Gaitskell

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

As experts on the challenges of vehicle autonomy, it is easy to fixate on solving the technical problems and forget to consider what happens when they are solved. More specifically, are we prepared for a hybrid world of autonomous and manual cars? This short paper aims to investigate current legislation for AVs, gaps not met by legislation, and interesting implications less frequently discussed.

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This paper was written for Alfred Spector’s MIT Spring 2023 course 6.S963 Beyond Models – Applying Data Science/AI Effectively. It has not been peer reviewed, and its content does not necessarily reflect the instructor or the authors’ views.