Abstract

This article discusses the impact that the US-led autonomous vehicle revolution on the global commons domains of sea, sky, space, Arctic, and cyberspace. The first section discusses the origins and evolution of the global commons concept. The second section discusses the autonomous vehicle revolution within the five global commons domains of sea, sky, space, Arctic, and cyberspace. The article concludes by arguing that global governance scholar-practitioners should indeed begin to think more earnestly about how the autonomous vehicle revolution will profoundly alter the course of global commons governance for decades to come. Given how crucial both assured access to the global commons and the autonomous vehicle revolution is to the global economy, this article concludes by arguing that global governance scholars and practitioners, especially those in the US, begin to craft the necessary ‘rules of the road’ that ensure a safe and secure autonomous vehicle future open to all.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1945-4724
Print ISSN
1945-4716
Pages
pp. 41-56
Launched on MUSE
2016-12-12
Open Access
No
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