Hacker attacks or faulty software could shift the burden of legal and regulatory liability toward makers of self-driving cars and away from customers, experts say, forcing regulators and insurers to develop new models.

Autonomous cars have the potential to reduce the rate of traffic accidents as sensors and software give a car faster and better reflexes to prevent a collision. However, a greater level of automation increases the need for cyber security and sophisticated software, experts said. “Although accident rates will theoretically fall, new risks will come with autonomous vehicles,” said Domenico Savarese, group head of Proposition Development and Telematics at
Zurich Insurance.

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From recode.net

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