Enrique Dans
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Enrique Dans

No driver, no steering wheel

IMAGE: A car with its door open showing the steering wheel and the pedals
IMAGE: Djabsence — Pixabay (CC0)

One of the most common questions I’m used to being asked in the classroom or at conferences when I show a video of self-driving vehicle operating without a safety driver is “why does it have a steering wheel, if there is no one sitting in the driver’s seat who can use it?” The answer, until now, was simple: regulation. By definition, a car driving on public roads had to have a driver’s seat, a steering wheel and pedals.

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Enrique Dans

Enrique Dans

Professor of Innovation at IE Business School and blogger at enriquedans.com