If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a noise? If no one is driving a car and the car crashes, is anyone responsible for the damage? These two potentially maddening questions are really not so different from each other. And as a result, many Americans are concerned about the potential liability implications of allowing self-driving vehicles to operate on the streets of America.
Self-driving vehicles are not completely autonomous. They require a motorist to start them and to remain in the driver's seat in case of emergency. However, because the motorist in the driver's seat is not technically driving, it would be problematic to hold that individual accountable for harm caused by a crash if the car itself was doing the driving.