From the "Gee-what-took-them-so-long-to-figure-this-one-out" department; Arizona lawmakers debating the driverless car issue in their state wondered - if such a car is involved in an accident, who is to blame?
When there is no driver, the answer turns complicated, and the possible targets of lawsuits expand. Is it the company that designed the technology? The car's owner, or a passenger who should have assumed control? The auto maker that built the car?
WSJConcerns from the last group helped keep a bill introduced last year by Arizona State Rep. Jeff Dial from leaving committee. "Their concern is that somebody comes along and modifies their vehicles, and they could be held liable if that technology doesn't work," said Mr. Dial, a Republican.