The first notified insurance claim against a (semi) automated vehicle manufacturer has been brought in the US. Reports have also arrived from California indicating that drivers may be becoming over-reliant on partially automated vehicles in a manner inconsistent with their actual abilities…
First US claims
The first claim against an autonomous vehicle manufacturer has been filed against General Motors, following a collision in San Francisco between a Cruise Automation 2016 Chevrolet Bolt and a motorcyclist.
The motorcyclist alleged that the car had swerved into his path, after failing to complete a move into another lane. GM has denied this, stating that that the motorcyclist had in fact caused the collision.
There are several interesting questions which arise out of this incident:
- If the claim proceeds to Trial and liability is found to rest with the vehicle, then whose responsibility is the crash?The vehicle owner?The vehicle was believed to be operating with a driver assistance feature at the time and the manoeuvre was within that the stated capabilities of that feature;
- In the alternative, is it GM’s responsibility that the car did not respond to the presence of the motorcyclist correctly?…(more)
This appears to be an insurance company take on the autonomous vehicle industry. I’ve been looking for that.