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When will a DUI be overruled or turned down due to riding a driverless car?

There’s much talk about driverless and autonomous cars, not just here, but also in the world at large.

The Society of of Automotive Engineers is an association that, among other things, defines standard, for example for the levels of driving automation. The highest levels, levels 4 and 5, can be shortened to “minds off” and “steering wheel optional,” respectively. At the latter level the car has to be able to handle all common, if not all possible aspects of driving. The car would be effectively a wheeled robot, and the driver would be only its passenger.

Driving under the influence (DUI) leads to hundreds of thousands accidents per year, only a small amount leads to a conviction. But with the prospect of fully autonomous cars we ask:

When will a judgement of DUI be overruled or turned down due to the accused riding in a driverless car?

This question will resolve positive on the day such a judgement is reported by credible news media, and ideally verified with court documentation.


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