Under normal circumstances, it is easier to spot the culprit behind a car crash. Usually, it is the one behind the lane is to be blamed. However, when we talk about a driverless car, things get a bit confusing.
Volvo stepped on the limelight of accepting liability of drivesless cars they will soon manufacture. Google did the same move months ahead. The matter of a driverless car got involved into a car crash is kind trivial to solve.
Hakan Samuelsson, the president of Volvo Cars, said in Washington DC during his speech that the US is currently the “most progressive country for autonomous driving.”
However, he fears that the US will be losing this prestige because of the lack of Federal laws to support the endeavor. The Federal structure of the government allows different traffic rules that will affect commuters and autonomous manufacturers alike. So far, the states of California and Nevada allows testing of autonomous vehicles on the road — sharing with other motorists. The situation is even “worse” in Europe.
The question of regulations is an important concern regarding ethics about liability. It is presumed that autonomous land driving is not a perfect technology. Someday, accidents will surely happen. That begs the question of who is to blame.
If the worst case scenario occurs, it is the car manufacturer of the technology, the driver, and the make of the component of the car will take the responsibility. Moreover, if a third party got involved in the crash, it will take the blame.
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