Is it safe to rely on the driver as a fall-back in an autonomous vehicle?

A tragic accident involving an autonomous test vehicle in 2018 has been extensively analysed by the US National Transportation Safety Board, with the safety driver now facing criminal charges. Does this highlight a key issue with developing autonomous vehicles - over-reliance on the ability of a human in the driverless car to take back control in an emergency?

With UK Government currently consulting on Automated Lane Keeping Systems, Stephen Hamilton looks at what happened and what it means for policy-makers: Criminal charges against safety driver highlight risk of “automation complacency”

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