Product Liability Is The Wrong Standard For Self-Driving Cars

Law360 (March 29, 2019, 3:12 PM EDT) -- The automated vehicle revolution has begun, and will accelerate in the near future. AVs are vehicles that automate the act of driving. Many current-model cars already incorporate features such as adaptive cruise control, self-parking and lane-keeping assistance.

But a larger paradigm shift will occur in the near future when high-level AVs capable of full self-driving will reach some markets. Experts predict these vehicles will be safer than human-driven vehicles, but they will still sometimes crash and cause injuries.

The current auto liability framework works well for human-driven vehicles. However, it assumes a neat distinction between “the driver,” a human who is...

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