This week at the Detroit Auto Show, General Motors announced its intention to roll out a new generation of driverless motor vehicles by 2019. These new self-driving cars, which lack steering wheels and pedals, will be deployed as ride-hailing vehicles in numerous cities throughout the United States. Whether or not GM's driverless cars will be able to hit the road in 2019 remains to be seen, as the company must successfully petition the federal government for exemptions from certain federal regulations which, as currently written, only apply to human-operated motor vehicles.
The winter can be dangerous. Sometimes sidewalks are covered in sheets of ice, snow and sleet. Many times we find ourselves with nowhere safe to walk without risking slipping and falling, which could result in significant bodily injuries. Our office has had many successes in holding property owners responsible for their failure to provide pathways clear of ice and snow for pedestrians.