Autonomous driving and the law: Who’s responsible when there’s a machine at the wheel?

-AUTOMOTIVE NEWS, AUGUST 24, 2015, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

Drivers cause accidents, accidents cause injuries and injuries cause lawsuits.

But if the advent of autonomous vehicles means cars increasingly control themselves, who is liable when something goes bump?

That’s a question for judges and lawyers, and a topic of widespread academic and policy interest as automakers ramp up plans for self-driving cars. The federal government is sponsoring legal research in the academic realm, and two symposiums in recent years — one in 2012 in California and another last fall in Minnesota — have focused on the legal implications of automated driving. <Read More>