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Imitation Driver, Imitation Game

Two professors, one a legal expert, the other in computer engineering, have joined forces to apply Turing's Imitation Game to a “Computer Driver.” A loss by the Computer Driver results in negligence liability.
The Imitation Game
Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game (Source: StudioCanal)

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By Junko Yoshida

What’s at stake:
The growing technical complexity of highly automated vehicles might soon make product liability a relic of the past. At stake is the right of consumers to seek justice when wronged by a robocar.

Brace yourselves. We seem to be approaching an era when a product liability claim would no longer be a viable avenue for recovery — particularly in lawsuits against autonomous vehicle (AV) manufacturers.

Suppose you’ve been injured by a state-of-the-art AV in a crash.

You think about taking the robocar’s maker to court, to argue that your pain was caused by a manufacturing or design defect. The idea is to hold the manufacturer financially responsible for the loss caused by the defect which led to the crash.


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