From tech companies to automobile manufacturers, driverless cars are the next big thing. But who’s responsible when a driverless car is involved in an accident? Should it be the occupants of the vehicle or its owner? The car’s manufacturer or the software developer? A number of the companies working in this field have announced that they would accept responsibility because they all seem to anticipate fewer accidents. But will that change as the technology evolves? How will courts respond? And what role is there for legislative action?
Our panel of experts discussed these and related questions.
This Congressional Civil Justice Academy briefing featured:
Legal Director, Regulatory Development, Uber Technologies, Inc.
Columnist, Bloomberg View
Bryant Walker Smith
Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina School of Law
Moderator: Gregory Conko
Interim Executive Director, Law & Economics Center