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Self-Driving (Autonomous) Vehicles & The Law – When will they be legal in Canada?

*Written by Vic Maan, associate lawyer at Holness and Small Law Group In a recent blog post, the current status of autonomous vehicles, which are also known as self-driving vehicles, in the USA, Canada and British Columbia was discussed. While the technology for autonomous vehicles has been well developed in North America, in order for…

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Current Status of Autonomous Vehicles (Self Driving Vehicles) – When Will They Be Allowed?

The CBC News once asked the question whether Vancouver was Silicon Valley North? Since that time, the technology industry in this City has grown and boomed.  Concurrently, the technology with Autonomous Vehicles has advanced immensely. But what is the current status of Autonomous Vehicles in the USA, Canada and Vancouver? When will we be able…

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Suing the Driverless Car

Canadians are starting to purchase vehicles that claim to reduce the burden of driving. Tesla claims to be selling, for example, vehicles with “full self-driving capability”. In addition, Tesla claims the Model 3 will recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs providing automatic driving on city streets. In the small print Tesla, However,…

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Are Self-Driving Cars Legal 2019?

No, self-driving cars are not legal in British Columbia. There are no legislated standards for self-driving vehicle operation on our roads. British Columbia is therefore lacking in regulation, certification, and insurance for self-driving cars. State Run Auto Insurance- ICBC This is, in part, because we have a state controlled auto insurer, ICBC. Increasing single vehicle…

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Neighbourly Love in the Era of Autonomous Vehicles

Our cars are taking over the important functions of driving. Therefore, automakers and the others that control vehicle behaviour are learning to love thy neighbour.  Since 2016 NHTSA has recommended highly automated vehicle systems, the HAV system, be deemed “the driver” for purposes of traffic laws. As responsibility shifts to manufacturers, self-driving vehicles will be…

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