George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Autonomous Vehicles: Who to Sue if There’s No Driver?

Event Details

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  • Venue: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2226
  • Division: Civil Justice Academy

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:

Matthew Burton
Legal Director, Regulatory Development, Uber Technologies, Inc.

Megan McArdle
Columnist, Bloomberg View

Bryant Walker Smith
Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina School of Law

Moderator: Gregory Conko
Interim Executive Director, Law & Economics Center