Monday, July 11, 2016

First fatality related to a self-driving car opens the door to litigation & policy discussion

I just updated my post on thoughts on issues related to possible liability for accidents involving automated or self-driving cars (see below).  The topic has been in the news lately because tragically a man driving a Tesla Model S in Florida recently became the first self-driving car fatality.  Apparently the car failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor trailer from the bright May sky and did not apply the brakes.

As you would expect, the story has generated a lot of attention.  Here are some links:

ABA Journal

The Guardian

TortsProf blog, citing CNN

NPR (4 minute podcast)

Torts Today

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