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Private self-driving cars will make our cities more livable
In an accident, fault can be established as to which party is liable. Automated vehicles create a major problem as to who would be liable- the manufacturer, programmer, user, sensor designer, etc.
If the end user or maintenance personnel does not clean the vehicle regularly a buildup may occur occluding a sensor. That would make that person or company at fault.
A scripting error could fail to recognize the difference between a cardboard cut-out and a person. That would make the programmer liable.
A new security patch may leave older critical hardware inoperable. That would be the manufacturer or patch designer at fault.
already been discussed
and predicted liability would shift from driver to the AV manufacturer.
It is better to have far fewer accidents with ambiguous fault, than far more with obviously identifiable human error.