How Self-Driving Cars Will Change The World Of Law Enforcement

Orin Kerr of the Volokh Conspiracy once again leads us down a fascinating rabbit hole in the legal world, this time somehow finding the intersection between self-driving cars and law enforcement. If that rings in your ears like a curious combination you’re not alone, but Kerr quickly makes his point in a fashion which is tough to argue.

  • andycanuck

    No more speeding tickets etc. will have a greater effect I have a feeling.

  • huron

    Self driving car vs motorcycle? Will it recognize it

  • terrence22

    A REALLY BIG problem with these so-called self driving cars is the INSURANCE and LIABILITY. There have already been a number of accidents CAUSED by these cars.

    So, who pays: the person who owns it, who may NOT be driving; some one who is in the front seat. or the car maker (if it was caused by a fault in the car it likely would be the maker).

    What about deaths resulting from them – there already has been one, and it was entirely the cars fault. A number of uber “self-driving” cars have been recorded running red lights. And they are not very good at detecting pedestrians or bikes.

  • kkruger71

    I suspect the police will be given some other grey area access as a pretext for fishing expeditions; whether it has something to do with cell phones, online activities, or a relaxing of the rules in regards to tracking smaller financial transactions.

  • mauser 98

    self driving means government driving
    government driving means restricted travel

    insurance , recording travel , data etc

    • El Martyachi

      I see an unregistered dual-sport motorcycle in my future.

  • canminuteman

    Why does self driving mean government driving? Planes have had auto pilot and boats have had auto helm systems for half a century. They still go where they want to go, when they want to go with no government involvement whatsoever. I don’t understand why cars would be any different.

    • huron


  • Dana Garcia

    I suspect police will have plenty to do in the jobless future.

    Relieved of time-filling employment, many humans will amuse themselves by getting into trouble.

    • V10_Rob

      Considering how the bulk of the leftist outrage industry is composed of people who apparently don’t have jobs to be at, you may be on to something.

  • BillyHW

    As soon as we have robot cops, we will have blacks claiming they were programmed by racists.

    • Uncommunist

      Imagine … robots programmed by the regressives … scary shit.

      • huron

        Allready happensd

  • Hard Little Machine

    The police will simply demand all on board data and charge you with a crime based on that. And since the data is owned by private companies like Google and Amazon and Microsoft and Facebook have to entirely in their behavior to not let your self driving car go someplace they don’t want you to go, like a competitor or only on a toll road that they own.