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Robo-cars face a new threat: Lawyers

by Kaylee Sperling (2021-01-18)

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Self-driving cars, including Google's, could be run off the road by the existential threat of trial lawyers.
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STANFORD, Calif. -- Self-driving cars are expected to save lives: a vehicle driven by a human will Experience matters. Our passionate Springfield personal injury lawyers have tried and settled thousands of cases where our clients were seriously injured or lost a loved one. When selecting a personal injury lawyer to help with your case (, on average, a crash every 160,000 miles or so. It's only a matter of time, advocates say, before robots become better drivers than us.

That is, if the lawyers let them. Industry insiders are already fretting about a host of legal problems that could bedevil robot car makers once a sufficient number of their creations take to the roads. Product liability, tort law, negligence, foreseeable harm, patent encumbrance, and design defects are only some of the concerns.

"The longer it takes for this technology to reach the market, the more people die," Josh Blackman, a law professor at the South Texas College of Law, said yesterday at a conference hosted by Stanford University called "We Robot: Getting Down to Business."