The car did it? Accountability in the age of self-driving cars

Accountability is a sticky concept already, and one with several branches of law committed to unraveling it. If we get involved in a car accident today, it requires a great deal of effort to assign blame to one or more human parties. Self-driving cars carry the promise of vastly simplifying our understanding of accountability, legally speaking. But it might take years or decades for the technology required for this vision to become widely available…