Should a crash occur with an AV, who is liable?

Responsibility in the event of a crash involving an AV may be difficult to determine. For all but fully automated vehicles, insurers, law enforcement agencies and individuals will need access to vehicle data to determine whether the human or AV was performing the critical driving tasks (e.g. steering, accelerating, braking) at the time of the crash.

Liability for AV crashes will be complex and there may be times when responsibility overlaps, such as where multiple manufacturers are associated with one vehicle.

RAC’s AV Program aims to improve understanding of AV technology while it remains in the early stages of development and in a position to better advocate for AVs.

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