The Case Of Driverless Cars
Technology has reached a point where we can now say that we are living in the future, or at least, close to one. Even though driverless cars were seen as a step further into the technology that would make our lives easier, the reality has been far from that. Driverless cars have been said to cause numerous accidents in different parts of the world. Very few of these models out there have passed the entire certification of being completely safe. After all, a driverless car is a computer at work, and sometimes it may be harder for it to calculate all the numerous variables that appear on the roads, leading to accidents. At this point in time, the technology that is being used in this kind of cars is not yet perfect, which means that inconsistencies can occur from time to time.
Who Is Really Held Liable
Just because a car does not have a driver, does not mean that one cannot get compensation for the injury that they have sustained. Recently, a law was passed which stated that in the case of driverless cars, the computer running the car would be held responsible, and not the person who was, let’s say, sitting in the back seat of the car. However, since one cannot demand compensation from a machine, the person who is then held responsible for the crash are the manufacturer of that computer. If the computer is said to be fine, then the car may be sent for testing. If defects are found in it, the person who manufactures that particular part of the car will then be held liable for the accident.
However, the same cannot be said for semi-driverless cars. These kind of cars are the ones that work on some or the other form of ‘autopilot’ but still need a person to run the car, or at least keep his or her hands on the steering wheel. In the case where an injury to a person is caused as a result of someone driving such kind of a car, then the person behind the wheel is the one who is held responsible for the accident.