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April 10, 2017

What Should Tort Law do When Autonomous Vehicles Crash?

George Mason law professor Michael Krauss discusses the growth of autonomous vehicles and the different types of accidents that can occur, including manufacturing defects, informational defects, and design defects in a piece for Forbes.                                                                                                                                                            
Prof. Krauss notes that “the potential safety benefits [of self-driving cars] are tremendous” and one study “predicted an eventual 90% reduction in collisions, saving tens of thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars.”

But, when there is an accident, Prof. Krauss argues “it would be better to rely on federal pre-emotion through detailed regulations covering the design and information content of vehicles” as opposed to litigation to monitor this “Brave New World of autonomous vehicles.”

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