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British Columbia Takes a Stand Against Self-Driving Vehicles

  • British Columbia, Canada, has banned cars with Level 3 and higher self-driving technology.
  • The ban aims to protect vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Offenders face fines starting at $368, going up to $2,000, and potential imprisonment for up to six months.
  • Vehicles with Level 1 and Level 2 self-driving features are still allowed on BC roads.
British Columbia Takes a Stand Against Self-Driving Vehicles
British Columbia Takes a Stand Against Self-Driving Vehicles

British Columbia, Canada’s western province, just put the brakes on cars with high-tech self-driving stuff. They’re saying, “No way!” to vehicles rocking Level 3 and higher self-driving gizmos. Why? Well, they’re worried about keeping everyone safe on the roads, especially pedestrians and bikers.

Now, if you’re caught cruising in a car with Level 3, 4, or 5 self-driving bells and whistles, you’re in for some serious trouble.

We’re talking fines starting at $368 and going all the way up to $2,000. Plus, you might even end up spending six months behind bars. Yikes!

But hold your horses, not all self-driving features are off-limits. You can still roll with Level 1 and Level 2 stuff, like lane-change helpers.

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The message from British Columbia is clear: they want more testing and rules before they let the fancier self-driving rides hit the streets.

This move isn’t just happening up in Canada. Over in the US, folks are also sweating over self-driving safety. There’ve been some scary accidents, like cars crashing into emergency vehicles or even fatal mishaps while fancy driving features were on.

So, while some might grumble about this ban slowing down the march of technology, British Columbia’s saying safety comes first. Until self-driving rides can prove they’re as safe as can be, they’re keeping a cautious eye on things.

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