German lawmakers are planning to propose legislation regarding the requirement of black boxes for autonomous vehicles. This safety feature follows the Tesla Autopilot-related crashes in the US.
The black box would record when an autonomous system was being used, when the car requested the driver resume control and when the driver took control or not. The black box would be able to identify which or if both parties were responsible during a crash. Auto manufacturers Volvo and Mercedes-Benz have stated they will accept responsibility for a car when it is driving autonomously.
While legislation regarding implementing black boxes for autonomous vehicles will make it easier to determine responsibility during an autonomous car crash, it is important that legislators fully understand how autonomous car systems operate.