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Drunk Drivers - Steven Brower - 06-18-2019

There has been discussion that one of the benefits of AV Technology will be safe transport of individuals who have been drinking.  When and how will the law allow even a fully automated vehicle to be "driven" by someone who is under the influence?


RE: Drunk Drivers - Doverstreet_user - 06-19-2019

https://futurism.com/self-driving-cars-drunk-drivers

"And as long as people have any control over their vehicles, sleepy or drunk drivers will still pose a threat, even when their cars are at least partially autonomous. That’s why European researchers want to equip self-driving cars with sensors that can detect when their driver is passing out or inebriated for one reason or another"

On a basic level, it seems any laws pertaining to drunk drivers operating autonomous vehicles will be tied to the level of autonomy of the vehicle. As long as cars are only semi-autonomous, drunk drivers will likely not be able to "drive" them legally:

https://insideevs.com/news/350454/tesla-autopilot-drunk-driver-license-lost/