Queen Elizabeth Made A Proposal That Could Help Make Self-Driving Cars A Reality

Luc Noiset
Luc Noiset

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 18, 2016) — When a driverless car gets in an accident, who is to blame?

That's a question that has been at the forefront of people's mind as technology advances to the point where self-driving cars could be ready by 2020. Queen Elizabeth addressed that issue when laying out the government's legislative agenda for the next year Wednesday.

The proposed legislation would extend the country's current driver's insurance to include product liability, Reuters reported. That would mean the owners of driverless cars would be insured for any accidents.

Luc Noiset, an associate economics professor from Kennesaw State University, told Tech Insider that having product liability will place the blame on the manufacturers of the vehicle.

"Like kids on a hoverboard that bursts into flames, that's a flaw of the manufacturer, and to the extent something goes wrong in the car it's going to be a flaw of the manufacturer of the car," he said. "So cars will still need to be insured by the manufacturers of these cars."

That's a concept some automakers have already warmed up to. Volvo has already declared it will take full liability if one of its driverless cars gets in an accident.

Addressing issues of this nature early on is bound to help with driverless car adoption in the country. Britain is currently testing driverless cars in four areas of the country, with the first expected to take the road at the end of 2016, Reuters also reported.

"My ministers will ensure the United Kingdom is at the forefront of technology for new forms of transport, including autonomous and electric vehicles," the Queen said, according to Mashable.

-Business Insider