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Car accident when car is on automatic pilot

Published: 27/08/2011 11:32:00 AM GMT
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I have a question which has been puzzling my mind for some time. In America and some European countries, they are trying manufacture a type of car which does not need a driver behind the wheel. It will be driven by an onboard computer, so the driver can relax and even sleep during the journey. My question is: In case of an accident - and accidents will occure - who is going to be blamed?


Answered by

the Scientific Research Committee - IslamToday.net

This is a matter of liability. When accidents occur, the judge will have to determine on a case-by-case basis whether liability should rest with the driver of the car on with the manufacturer.

Generally, when someone’s animal or property causes damages to someone else, the owner of that property is liable. This situation, however, is somewhat different and it is premature to give a ruling on it until such a car is made commercially availible and actually placed on the road.

Only at such a time can the practical realities of automated cars and the effects that they have on traffic patterns be properly studied.

Source: Islam Today




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