Will Self-Driving Cars Ever Be Safe Enough?

Legal analysts predict that AV collisions are likely to come from defects in programming, with software developers taking the blame. Their employers will take the brunt of it, many of them being major automakers and Silicon Valley tech giants. It’s also likely that a new regulatory structure would take over, with federal governments taking the lead and corresponding changes being made to state tort laws where AVs are allowed to operate.

U.S. Senate Democrats are worried that a compromise bill wending its way through the lame-duck session in Washington could take away some of the safeguards protecting drivers on roadways.