Will Lawyers Kill the Driverless Car?
Posted at 2:15 p.m. on Sept. 13
Megan McArdle: “Driverless cars will be safer and quieter… But I’m still worried about the future of driverless cars, not because they’re technically impossible, but because the liability possibilities are enormous… And even if the overall number of accidents drops, the number of accidents where the automaker is perceived to be at fault will approach 100 percent. After all, they’re the ones who designed or installed the software that made the decision.”
“Here’s one way that we could fix this: Do a radical overhaul of our liability system. In fact, we’d…replace it with a no-fault accident insurance system like New Zealand’s. It’s mandatory, but it’s ‘true insurance’ — which is to say, it’s paid for entirely by user fees. If you have an accident, the system doesn’t try to assign fault; it just pays you off, according to a schedule of damages.”