How will the possibly, perhaps inevitably, driverless future impact motor vehicle accidents? In 2015 there were over 6 million reported car crashes that resulted in over 2 million injuries. The primary cause behind most motor vehicle crashes is human error; for all the things humans do well, driving isn’t necessarily one of them.
In 2014 Tesla released the Model S, which included a tech package option that had autopilot features. Tesla’s idea was to have a system that could handle some of the responsibilities of driving to eliminate some of the deficiencies inherent in humans drivers. Tesla, among other car manufacturers and some tech companies, believe computer operated cars could someday eliminate human errors in driving entirely.
Unfortunately, in 2016 a Tesla car operating on autopilot resulted in a fatal crash for the car’s driver. The crash was an unfortunate tragedy, but the incident raised a number important legal questions: