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Horses, equine law and the future of the autonomous vehicle legal framework

Ever since Bridget Driscoll became the first person hit and killed by an automobile more than 120 years ago, there has been a need to develop a legal structure to manage the dispute between conflicting parties. Lawmakers and regulators developed that legal system around the fundamental assumption that a human was driving a car, and the state regulates the driver, while the federal government regulates the automobile. Of course, Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) break several existing molds.

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