Volvo, Google and Mercedes to Accept Responsibility in Self-Driving Car Collisions

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Some of the leaders in autonomous cars have made a big step towards to bring their self-driving vehicles to market.

Development of autonomous driver systems continues at a fevered pace around the industry, but regulatory questions such as who would be at fault in an accident are still unanswered. Volvo, Google and Mercedes have now all said that they will accept full liability if their self-driving vehicles cause a collision.

Volvo’s CEO, Håkan Samuelsson, will announce the decision when he speaks in Washington D.C. on Thursday. He will also speak on the broader topic of what it will take to get self-driving cars into the hands of the public. “The U.S. risks losing its leading position due to the lack of federal guidelines for the testing and certification of autonomous vehicles,” Samuelsson said. “Europe has suffered to some extend by having a patchwork of rules and regulations. It would be a shame if the U.S. took a similar path.”

In a report from 60 Minutes, both Google and Mercedes-Benz said that they would also accept responsibility for collisions caused by their cars, though they both expect very few incidents to occur.

Just four U.S. sates currently allow autonomous vehicle testing on public roads: California, Nevada, Florida and Michigan. NHTSA is currently working on how to set standards that will be consistent across the states and previously issued an advanced notice of upcoming laws and regulations to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle communication.

[Source: 60 Minutes]

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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