Self-driving cars are big news, especially in the West where they are undergoing testing on public roads. These cars could theoretically make driving much safer, but like with any new product, there are bugs to be worked out. Current generations do allow a driver to take over the controls to avoid dangerous situations, but it may not be enough at this stage.
WSB Radio reported on a self-driving car accident in Phoenix. It was a simple enough crash. Another vehicle turned left in front of the self-driving car when they shouldn’t have. The SUV was carrying two test drivers at the time. They were no serious injuries and the other car was cited, but the SUV was flipped onto its side. Images of the crash soon circulated around social media.
Uber was the company testing the self-driving vehicle. They are making a bid to automate their taxi service by using the new technology. Arizona has gone all-in for the technology by minimizing government regulation for the vehicles.
If self-driving vehicles prove safe enough for government regulators, it will bring up many thorny questions of law. Who is responsible in a crash with a self-driving vehicle? How do insurance payments work in such a situation? Expect questions like these to become big in the news over the next few years as this technology becomes more prevalent.
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