With the invention of autonomous cars still in its infancy, we can barely begin to envision how the widespread use of such vehicles will eventually (inevitably) perturb and expand the tort system as we know it today. Before cars became connected and “intelligent,” the area of vehicle liability was fairly well established—thanks to over a century of case law and oftentimes stringent motor vehicle regulation. But at the risk of sounding like a startup marketing pitch cliché, autonomous technology, the Internet of Things (IoT), and connected vehicle systems will change everything in the field of vehicle liability.
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