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== Overview ==
 
== Overview ==
   
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The automobile industry now appears close to substantial change, engendered by [[autonomous]], or "self-driving," vehicle [[technologies]]. This [[technology]] offers the possibility of significant benefits to social welfare — saving lives; reducing crashes, congestion, fuel consumption, and pollution; increasing [[mobility]] for the disabled; and ultimately improving land use. This report is intended as a guide for state and federal [[policymaker]]s on the many issues that this [[technology]] raises. After surveying the advantages and disadvantages of the [[technology]], RAND researchers determined that the benefits of the [[technology]] likely outweigh the disadvantages. However, many of the benefits will accrue to parties other than the [[technology]]'s purchasers. These [[positive externalities]] may justify some form of subsidy.
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The automobile industry now appears close to substantial change, engendered by [[autonomous]], or "self-driving," vehicle [[technologies]]. This [[technology]] offers the possibility of significant benefits to social welfare &mdaash; saving lives; reducing crashes, congestion, fuel consumption, and pollution; increasing [[mobility]] for the disabled; and ultimately improving land use. This report is intended as a guide for state and federal [[policymaker]]s on the many issues that this [[technology]] raises. After surveying the advantages and disadvantages of the [[technology]], RAND researchers determined that the benefits of the [[technology]] likely outweigh the disadvantages. However, many of the benefits will accrue to parties other than the [[technology]]'s purchasers. These [[positive externalities]] may justify some form of subsidy.
   
 
The report also explores [[policy]] issues, [[communications]], [[regulation]] and [[standard]]s, and [[liability]] issues raised by the [[technology]]; and concludes with some tentative guidance for [[policymaker]]s, guided largely by the principle that the [[technology]] should be allowed and perhaps encouraged when it is superior to an average human driver.
 
The report also explores [[policy]] issues, [[communications]], [[regulation]] and [[standard]]s, and [[liability]] issues raised by the [[technology]]; and concludes with some tentative guidance for [[policymaker]]s, guided largely by the principle that the [[technology]] should be allowed and perhaps encouraged when it is superior to an average human driver.
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