As autonomous car manufacturers like Google shift blame when it comes to accidents, Volvo is taking the high road — and the blame.
If a Volvo self-driving car gets into an accident, the company will “accept full liability.”
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One of the reasons it can accept responsibility is that Volvo has taken steps to protect its underlying software, which is protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In a statement, Volvo also said it regards hacking its vehicles to be a criminal offense.
Volvo is encouraging the federal government to regulate self-driving cars, rather than leave it to individual states. At a seminar on self-driving cars tomorrow, Volvo President and Chief Executive Håkan Samuelsson will urge the US to end its “patchwork” system of regulating autonomous cars.
It’s a bold step for Volvo to make, but reducing the responsibility of a “driver” may cause us to be too trusting of an autonomous cars’ ability.