Accident

If Your Autonomous Car Drives Off A Cliff These Automakers Have You Covered

But hopefully a "technology failure" that big never occurs.

Autonomous cars are coming whether you like it or not, but we’re still a few years away from being able to nap or play video games during the morning commute. Of course the technology still faces numerous hurdles, a major one being liability in an accident. That one hasn’t been sorted industry-wide as of yet, but Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Google have just done something that may set the standard. All three will claim liability and responsibility in the event of a technology failure, aka an accident.

Keep in mind that said accident needs to occur when the car is in autonomous mode. The announcement was made to 60 Minutes by Google and Mercedes, with Volvo announcing it would take responsibility in an unrelated statement. An automaker taking the blame out of the gate for a tech failure is unheard of, but it may be necessary for governments around the world to allow self-driving cars on public roads. Obviously Volvo, Mercedes and Google are banking on the technology not failing but accidents and hackers do happen. Regardless, this is a big move and one we expect to become the industry standard as it makes life a million times easier on the government agencies charged with regulating self-driving cars.

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