Early Driverless-Car Laws Foretell Rocky Road Ahead

Law360, New York (November 21, 2012, 5:25 PM EST) -- Cars that drive themselves may seem like a far-off fantasy, but the vehicles are already being tested on public roads in the U.S. And in their rush to embrace the technology, states are passing laws with competing stances on automaker liability, muddling a legal landscape that experts say is already confounding enough.

Driverless technology functions through a combination of computer programs, radar sensors and GPS. Google Inc., the company at the forefront of the technology's development, is currently installing its systems in existing car models, such as the Toyota Prius, for testing purposes. Once it hits the market, the technology will...

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