Audi and Toyota made some headlines last week announcing their advances in automated driving. Just imagine that: you wake up early to go to work, grab your coffee, your breakfast (maybe a newspaper), you hop into your car, and then your car drives you to work without you putting your foot on the pedal, allowing you to comfortably eat your egg croissant and check out stock reports while sitting in traffic.
Apparently these autonomous cars will operate at safe high-speed levels in tune with your commute time, respecting pedestrians and avoiding collisions in the process. Yes, we are decades away from this being fully realized but already personal injury lawyers are shaking their heads, saying, well, there are certain driving laws that these driverless vehicles could interfere with…
Think about liability. If your driverless car hits a pedestrian or causes a car accident into another vehicle, who exactly is going to be at fault. You? The manufacturer? This sounds like a legal mess and attorneys want nothing to do with it. Who is going to compensate accident victims?
But Bryant Walker Smith of Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society clears up that these automated vehicles are already legal throughout the U.S. And that the public favoring these vehicles could prevent congestion and car accidents, emissions and sprawls as far as traffic goes.
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|Kenneth G. Marks has been practicing personal injury law since he was admitted to the California Bar in 1981.www.KmarksLaw.com|