Automobiles are the technological innovation that has most influenced the 20th century’s social, economic, and legal structure. More than 100 years after the introduction of the auto, in an era again displaying extensive technological change, vehicular traffic is set to undergo major, radical, abrupt transformations. This book describes the scenarios and prospects stemming from the emergence of highly automated, connected driving. The key contribution of artificial intelligence will usher in an unprecedented mobility paradigm combining efficiency, safety, and environmental sustainability. Current and forthcoming problems, challenges, and at times tragic choices associated with the imminent “mobility revolution” are analysed in the light of the Law and Economics method, of which the author is one of the founding fathers and (for over the past 50 years) a visionary scholar.
Guido Calabresi is professor emeritus at the Yale University Law School. In 1994 he became a federal judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the United States.
Enrico Al Mureden teaches Civil Law at the University of Bologna and Product Safety, Product Liability and Automotive at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.