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Autonomous cars will increasingly take over our driving responsibilities. The goal is to eliminate accidents or to at least reduce their severity. Sensors will recognize signs and traffic lights. The car will be able to avoid traffic jams, stay in its own lane, and communicate with other cars and with the traffic infrastructure. In dangerous situations, it will activate an early-warning system and automatically brake. But what will the societal consequences of autonomous driving be? How will our driving habits change and how can a general readiness to accept self-driving cars be achieved? What social, psychological, legal and economic factors need to be taken into consideration? The Daimler and Benz Foundation's Villa Ladenburg Project supports research into all of these questions with an eye to the development of new traffic norms at the national and international level.

Autonomous cars will increasingly take over our driving responsibilities. The goal is to eliminate accidents or to at least reduce their severity. Sensors will recognize signs and traffic lights. The car will be able to avoid traffic jams, stay in its own lane, and communicate with other cars and with the traffic infrastructure. In dangerous situations, it will activate an early-warning system and automatically brake. But what will the societal consequences of autonomous driving be? How will our driving habits change and how can a general readiness to accept self-driving cars be achieved? What social, psychological, legal and economic factors need to be taken into consideration? The Daimler and Benz Foundation's Villa Ladenburg Project supports research into all of these questions with an eye to the development of new traffic norms at the national and international level.

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