Driverless Corvette Runs Over Pedestrian In Manhattan


Who is at fault here?

Okay, so this accident didn’t involve a self-driving car, although the car was technically driving itself when the accident occurred earlier today in Manhattan, New York. What happened was that a woman was hit after a C5 Corvette owner started his car via the remote start function on his key fob. The car was apparently in gear so it shot out of a parking garage when the 5.7-liter V8 engine started, crushing an unknown woman. The Corvette C5 was built from 1997 until 2004 and never came with an auto-start function on the key fob.

This means that the owner probably installed an aftermarket system, which would likely not have the same safeguards as a factory unit. Since the Corvette was a manual, a faulty aftermarket system could feasibly bypass the clutch interlock switch. With 345 horsepower on the base model C5, there was enough power to get the 3,300-pound car moving even at idle. The unnamed owner of the yellow Corvette blames the parking attendant who had just retrieved the Vette. They think that the attendant never put the parking brake on, but the attendant denies this. The woman was sent to the hospital, although there was no mention of injuries. Who do you think is at fault here?

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