Fast and Furious: Is German Regulation on Automated Vehicles Forging Ahead?

by Federico Gasparinetti

This article deals with the legal implications of the automation revolution in the transportation sector, with specific regard to the German regulation on driverless vehicles. The invention of vehicles completely changed the possibility to move and the concept of mobility itself and now we are facing a new great industrial revolution: the introduction of autonomous vehicles. Such change will have great effects on the worldwide social, economic and legal scenarios. The German legal framework concerning automated vehicles is one of the most developed among the Western legal systems and this article has the goal to briefly examine its regulation, with particular regard to the reforms of the Straßenverkehrsgesetz made through the AchtesGesetz zur Änderung des Straßenverkehrsgesetzes and the Gesetz zur Änderung des Straßenverkehrsgesetzes und des Pflichtversicherungsgesetzes – Gesetz zum autonomen Fahren. After that, a comparison will be proposed between German and Italian law provisions in order to better grasp their respective strengths and weaknesses and to try to understand possible next steps that may be taken by national and European legislators.

DOI 10.23815/2421-2156.ITALJ           ISSN 2421-2156

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