How Highly Automated Vehicles Will Drive Legal Change

Those watching the automated vehicle industry expect a shift in the next few decades from humans driving cars with some automated functions to fully or near-fully autonomous vehicles that need limited or no human driver involvement. When highly automated vehicles are prevalent on the road, the legal risks associated with manufacturing cars and driving them will naturally be allocated differently than they are today. But what will those changes look like, and what can be done to prepare?

In their article for Law360, Eversheds Sutherland (US) attorneys Jason McCarter and Tracey Ledbetter discuss that there will be at least three major areas in which risk allocation associated with automobiles will change: litigation, contracting and regulation.

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