Driverless cars could soon become a reality on our streets and highways. The technology for autonomous vehicles is developing quickly and states are beginning to enact regulation in anticipation of the arrival of driverless cars. Several major companies are developing prototype autonomous vehicles including General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Google, Audi AG, Toyota Motor Company and Oxford University. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has estimated that up to 75 percent of all vehicles will be autonomous by 2040.

But, in the last year, various news sources have reported that fear of increased liability may limit the roll out of driverless cars. As the Wall Street Journal explained, when there is no driver, the possible targets of a lawsuit expands to the company that designed the technology, the car’s owner, the passenger who failed to intervene, or the auto maker, to name a few. U-T San Diego reported that some experts believe the issue of liability, if not solved, could delay or even prevent the widespread use of driverless cars.
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