5 Key Defenses For Autonomous Vehicle Litigation

Law360 (August 31, 2018, 2:37 PM EDT) -- If an autonomous vehicle is involved in an accident, who's responsible? The car manufacturer? The maker of the automation component parts, such as sensors, cameras or navigation systems? The person who was in the driver's seat but wasn't actually "driving"? All three?

Litigation over AVs is in its infancy. The potential theories of liability have not yet been fleshed out or tested in court. But we can expect negligence and product liability lawsuits — not to mention statutory claims — as the government begins regulating. Manufacturers can lean on at least five available defenses if autonomous vehicle litigation arises.

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