On a cool summer morning in upstate New York, a man sitting on his couch types in the coordinates to a warehouse in Virginia on his phone and presses “engage.” At that moment, the engine of a vehicle several miles away starts up, and the vehicle slowly backs out of the driveway. Without a driver or any occupants, the vehicle travels several hundred miles from the driveway in New York to the warehouse in Virginia. Meanwhile, the man who engaged the vehicle remains seated on his couch in upstate New York. The man has engaged an autonomous vehicle (AV), capable of operating entirely independent1from any human intervention and capable of complying with traffic laws.
When Autonomous Vehicles Take over the Road: Rethinking the Expansion of the Fourth Amendment in a Technology-Driven World,
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