Digitization of traffic law

A clear strategic objective can be found behind all activities in lex2vehicle: for every human road user, it should be as clear as possible at every point in the road network, at any time and in any situation, what they may and may not do. In a figurative sense, this also applies to any automated driving system. The goal of this research project is to explore this possibility as well as the associated limitations.

The current road traffic law certainly does not offer this crucial far-reaching clarity. The legal matters has grown over decades, still assuming that all road users are human. Simply communicating the existing regulations to automated vehicles – no matter how new the technical methods – will not have the desired effect, since automated driving systems, i.e. machines, require clear instructions and room to maneuver. This results in the following objectives for the project at hand:

Development of a study, showing the content-related, legal, technical and organizational framework conditions, the structures of a road traffic law to be revised as well as the technical standardization of communication and interpretation. Such standards must meet the existing and future requirements of digitization in order to be able to specifically communicate the scope of action for human road users on the one hand and the specifications for automated vehicles on the other.

Establishment of a technical dialog with the stakeholders relevant for the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), in order to fundamentally establish the topic, to gain further input for the project work and to prepare the ground for the further implementation steps.

Preparation of a proposal for the further procedure in the form of a draft program in order to obtain the technical depth still required in part at the concept level on the basis of the results of the study in a coordinated form and to define the steps toward a rollout within the DACH region (and possibly beyond) at the implementation level.