Volvo Taking the Lead
Who is responsible for the actions of an autonomous vehicle? Is it the passenger, the technologists, the manufacturer, or someone else? This issue has been a constant topic of conversation when it comes to self-driving cars, and Volvo has just stepped up to the plate, deciding that they will take full responsibility for the accidents caused by their driverless cars. This decision comes as an effort to speed up the regulatory process, since the current rules "fail to fully recognize how autonomous cars and their manufacturers should be held liable." The company has called the US and Europe's current laws regarding the matter as a "patchwork of rules and regulations." Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson states that the US is putting their status as a leader in innovation at risk due to the lack of guidelines for testing and certification for self-driving cars.