First draft of the law to try to combat the “car zombie”


The future and the new technologies bring us new issues to take into account.

few days Ago we did an exercise in deductive in trying to ask ourselves how would be the process of sale and the own use that would make the car the generations that will precede, as our grandchildren. we tried to deduct such as will evolve the most current tendencies, as the car-sharing or online shopping, as well as the technology itself.

Incidentally, a senator from the state of Massachusetts there was a similar question, although not so far in time, and presented a project of law to try to mitigate the effect of the “car zombie” or “zombie cars.”

This effect, in theory, will occur when extending the use of the car driving completely autonomous, and will be caused by those drivers wishing to save the cost and time required for the parking in the cities, to program their vehicles to are circling indefinitely, avoiding having to find or pay the corresponding parking space.


Taking into account the picaresque of humanity, the zombie cars could be a reality very soon.

This effect could occur in several ways. From those users that once you have arrived at your destination know that you are going to spend a short space of time in that place and do not stay forcing the vehicle to “around the block” until they complete their management, or even those that knowing that they will spend at your destination a great space of time to schedule your vehicle to go to another place – a recharging point for example, or to search other passengers -and that comes at a particular time.

The calculation is easy, if a large portion of the vehicles do not arrive really to be stopped or parked but circulating at all times, the density of the traffic will be multiplied considerably, with the obvious problems that can lead to large cities.

these vehicles “in transit” is that is called as zombie cars, and senator Jason Lewis Massachusetts is already trying to combat. His proposal is simple, all those vehicles driving autonomously must pay 2.5 cents per mile. That is to say, if you live within 10 miles of the work the trip will cost 50 cents only to get there and back, plus another 50 cents a day if, in addition, do not park and you send it back to the house to pick up your woman and bring it to your work or children to school, for example.


technology autonomous really is still in diapers.

In this way, it is encourage to those future drivers (because let’s not forget that the effect is not only theoretical but assumes future) do not use the capabilities of the autonomous vehicle more than necessary.

Regardless of whether it was approved or not this bill, it is surely the first symptom of the new taxes that will come to be able to mitigate the loss of revenue from the states through taxes on hydrocarbons present.

One of the most interesting points of this law is that this requires that all of the autonomous vehicles must be full-electric, to avoid having the road vehicles pollutants making unnecessary trips and thus emitting more gases than required.


This is the first of a new series of laws that surely will be born to give response to the autonomous car.

The own senator suggests that this rate per mile is of different value in function of the occupancy of the vehicle, that is to say, to apply a lower price in the event that the vehicle has occupants. In addition to contemplate variables like the traffic congestion of a particular area or whether or not there is the possibility to park the vehicle really in that time, which is a bit more complex to carry out.

For some, this bill has come too early for the technology is really only found in development and we are several years to be able to ensure what will be the real consequences of the introduction of this new generation of vehicles in the streets.

in Addition to that we are giving for granted that the technology will be sufficiently optimized as to be able to implement it until these levels of total autonomy with due security, and what is more important, this has a price that really causes that is a product of massive sale.


autonomous cars are the future, in theory.

Obviously, such a technology will change many of the habits and structures that we are used to today. Like button shows, own parking spaces. In the case of having a high-density autonomous vehicle is more likely to appear new business opportunities, such as parking areas and recharge dedicated exclusively to vehicles without driver, which would allow better space utilization, making more parking spaces in the same space, which would not be necessary nor the side space between vehicles (no one enters or leaves them), nor of enabled areas for pedestrian traffic.

finally, the bill of senator Lewis also claims a high level of cybersecurity. So these vehicles need to be completely airtight to cyber attacks to avoid that a hacker can track a vehicle and to take control of this remotely. With the logical consequences.

At this is already being contemplated by companies such as Google,
with the project Waymo, which is being developed in conjunction with FCA.