June 01, 2018 Feature

Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practice Claims Against Manufacturers of Automated Vehicles

By Stephen S. Wu

On March 18, 2018, an Uber test car driving in autonomous mode, with a safety driver in the vehicle, struck and killed a woman walking a bicycle across a street in Tempe, Arizona. Volvo and Uber worked together on the autonomous driving system controlling the car. After an accident like that, we can reasonably anticipate that the estate of the pedestrian could bring a product suit against Uber, Volvo, or both.

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