If a self-driving car gets into an accident, who is to blame?

-VOCATIV, 28 JUNE 2016, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

In February of this year, a self-driving car crashed into the side of a bus outside of Mountain View, California. The incident was a landmark: It was the first time an autonomous vehicle had caused a crash, not just been a part of one.

The Google-made vehicle was driving along El Camino Real in California when it sensed sandbags positioned around a storm drain and swerved into another lane to avoid them. Within seconds, the vehicle crashed into the side of a public transit bus. The details beyond that are, thankfully, banal—both vehicles were moving slowly and there weren’t any injuries. <Read More>