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Autonomous vehicles are coming to a street near you; very soon. But are they ready?

There is a lot of technology available and many of the necessary sensor systems have found their way into vehicles we drive now such as interactive cruise control, pedestrian monitoring, collision avoidance and many more features. However, Autonomous cars are different than any other. They are decision makers. As such how we test them, introduce them to the marketplace, investigate accidents and manage maintenance will be very different. In this article we raise questions we have considered and make a case for the use of an independent black box in such vehicles to improve decision making and collect the data needed to understand the causes and consequences of an incident.

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