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Driverless Cars Raise Legal Concerns

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The technology for driverless cars is almost perfected, but legal issues may prevent them from getting on the road anytime soon. Tech firms, car manufacturers and universities have been experimenting with creating driverless vehicles since the late 2000s. Although these sorts of cars are not for sale, there are some who believe that the time when consumers will be able to purchase driverless cars is not very far off.

Google has created a version of the car that has managed to drive hundreds of thousands of miles without crashing. Google has been trying to get permission to drive their cars on open roads, reports The Inquisitr. They need to be able to do this in order to turn the concept of driverless cars into a reality.

Cars that don’t require a human to drive them are expected to save thousands of lives each year. Most accidents are caused by human error, so by taking people out of the equation, the possibility of mistakes is also removed. However, in the event that there is a crash involving a driverless car, there is a question that must be asked: If a driverless car gets into a crash, who is at fault?

Arizona legislator Jeff Dial attempted to address this issue by introducing legislation last year that would adjust state law to cover driverless cars

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“After I introduced the bill, then suddenly all the insurance companies started approaching me with the questions of the liability,” Jeff Dial told NPR. “The more you deal with this issue, the more the issue grows and grows.”

Nevada legalized driverless cars in the summer of 2011. It was the first state to do so. Florida and California now also permit the vehicles. Colorado was debated a bill that would allow driverless cars, but it was defeated.

Source: (The Inquisitr)