Self-driving cars in Switzerland

Expert study


In the future, cars will be able to drive completely autonomously thanks to sensors, maps and software. Intelligent control systems will enable cars to be safer, use less fuel and cause less congestion. This will give passengers more time for their day-to-day lives. Self-driving cars could contribute to new mobility concepts and solve existing traffic problems. In addition, they are likely to be more environmentally friendly and conserve resources. Nevertheless, self-driving cars could also increase traffic as a whole, resulting in the streets and the environment facing greater levels of pollution than ever before.

The aim of the interdisciplinary study is to assess the opportunities and risks offered by networked and automated driving. The study will be carried out as an analysis of the current state of affairs, highlighting which framework conditions must be met so that self-driving cars can operate in Switzerland and who should be responsible for them. The study covers the fields of politics, law, business, technology, society and ethics. An overall assessment will be made and recommendations formulated, which will be addressed to decision-makers, in particular politicians.


Project duration

May 2018 to estimated October 2019

Project mandataries

  • Fabienne Perret, EBP
  • Dr. Peter de Haan, EBP
  • Prof. Dr. Ueli Haefeli, Interface

Supervisory group

  • Dr. Esther Koller-Meier, SATW – Head of the support group
  • Dr. Bruno Baeriswyl, Data Protection Officer for the Canton of Zurich and member of the Management Committee of TA-SWISS
  • Prof. Dr. Reinhard Riedl, Chief Scientific Officer of The Business School of Berne University of Applied Sciences and member of the Management Committee of TA-SWISS
  • Laura Andres, Project Manager, Transports publics fribourgeois (TPF)
  • Dr. Jörg Beckmann, Director, Mobilitätsakadamie AG
  • Andreas Burgener, Director, auto-schweiz
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Laesser, Tourism and Service Management, University of St. Gallen
  • Dr. Thomas Sauter-Servaes, ZHAW School of Engineering, Transport Systems
  • Prof. Dr. Florent Thouvenin, Information and Communications Law, University of Zurich
  • Dr. Nicola Tomatis, BlueBotics SA
  • Prof. Dr. Eva Weber-Guskar, private lecturer of ethics
  • Christian Egeler, Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE)
  • Hauke Fehlberg, Swiss Federal Roads Office (FEDRO)
  • Mark Reinhard, Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO)
  • Christoph Schreyer, Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE)

Project management TA-SWISS

Dr. Christina Tobler, TA-SWISS (E-Mail)

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