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Monday, 30 May 2016

Accept liability for autonomous cars, or you have no product, says Volvo CEO - Automotive World

Automotive World reports comments by Volvo President and CEO Håkan Samuelsson, which follow from the company's announcement several months ago (20 October 2015, to be precise) that it would assume responsibility for the actions of its self-driving cars. It hoped that this would help ensure that legislation to permit testing of autonomous cars was adopted across the USA, where different states take very different approaches: there is also a diverse response in Europe, although the focus seems to be on the bigger market.

The proposition that if manufacturers won't accept responsibility there will be no market for their products is a logical one, although the problem about legislation appears to be confined to testing - for the time being at least. What will be interesting to see, as we surely will in the fullness of time, is what provisos, exceptions and exclusions the manufacturers' lawyers add - "we accept liability for the actions of our autonomous cars, except where ...".

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