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Liability A Roadblock To Driverless Cars

Publication Date: 
October 31, 2013
Source: 
San Diego Union-Tribune
Author: 
Chris Nichols

The San Diego Union-Tribune quotes CIS/CARS Res. Fellow Bryant Walker Smith in an article on the liability issues that could arise if driverless cars were to become a reality. Smith claims that in the event of a crash involving driverless cars, "everybody will get sued."

“What will happen is everybody will get sued,” Smith told the conference. “Some (defendants) will win and some will lose. And those with the deepest pockets will lose the most. Drivers, owners, operators, all the transportation actors, are potential defendants.”

Smith added that legal concerns over driverless cars could slow the industry, but “will not foreclose these technologies.”

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“What will happen is everybody will get sued,” Smith told the conference. “Some (defendants) will win and some will lose. And those with the deepest pockets will lose the most. Drivers, owners, operators, all the transportation actors, are potential defendants.”