It was only a matter of time. The death of a pedestrian hit by a self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona recently could offer a test of who can be held legally responsible for accidents when a human is no longer at the wheel.
Any litigation that arises from the accident, the first fatality involving a fully autonomous vehicle, could pit the ride-hailing service against technology suppliers and the vehicle’s manufacturer, legal experts said. It could also provide a window into confidential indemnification agreements that companies developing self-driving car systems may have reached to shield themselves legally.
Numerous novel legal theories will be raised and tested as this technology evolves.
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