This book takes a look at fully automated, driverless / autonomous vehicles and discusses many open questions: How can autonomous vehicles be used and integrated into the current transportation system alongside existing non autonomous human driven vehicles and also the challenges of pedestrian safety? What about, current legal frameworks? What risks are associated and how will society respond to these risks? How will the economy and markets work with autonomous vehicles and the huge changes that will effect business and commerce?
Experts from Germany and the United States define social, engineering, and mobility issues related to self driving vehicles. They discuss the decisions that programmers and implementers of autonomous vehicles must make to enable the vehicles to perceive their environment, interact with other road users, and choose actions that may even have ethical consequences. The authors further identify expectations and concerns that will form the basis for individual and societal acceptance of autonomous driving. While the safety benefits of such vehicles are tremendous, the authors demonstrate that these benefits will only be achieved if vehicles have an appropriate safety concept at the heart of their design. Realizing the potential of automated vehicles to reorganize traffic and transform mobility of people and goods requires similar care in the design of vehicles and networks. By covering all of these topics, the book aims to provide a current, comprehensive, and scientifically sound treatment of the emerging field of “autonomous driving".