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April 28, 2018

Who is "At Fault" When Accidents Happen in Self-Driving Vehicles

April 27, 2018 (fortuneherald.com) An article from fortuneherald.com analyzes the increasing use of artificial intelligence in motor vehicles and who is at fault when accidents happen in self-driving vehicles.*

Estimates indicate 10 million cars will have self-driving functionality by 2020. Many cars already do have these features, like the Tesla Autopilot, which makes some driving decisions when engaged. Self-driving vehicles can be semi-autonomous — performing some functions on their own, such as braking and parking, but still relying on human intervention.  On the other hand, some vehicles can be fully autonomous — requiring no intervention from a human for any driving functions.  

The self-driving industry has spread not only to private cars but also to ridesharing and taxi services and commercial trucking services. For instance, the autonomous technology company Waymo, owned by the parent company of Google (Alphabet Inc.), has a fleet of full autonomous taxis on the streets of Arizona and has started to test commercial hauling trucks in Atlanta.  

In addition, many vehicles are moving toward online connectivity, which means vehicles can be used as internet hotspots and allow passengers to preorder meals, send emails, report fuel efficiency data to manufacturers, and contact emergency services in the event of an accident. 

As the technology evolves, regulations also have to evolve, and many critics worry that self-driving features will make human drivers dangerously complacent. Because the technology will be rolled out slowly, and human drivers are already often distracted by their cell phones, members of the public wonder whether autonomous driving will allow them to use even worse judgment on the road. Many people are starting to ask who they can trust on the road more: a human or a robot?

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