IMAT 2020 Q10 [Conclusion | Driverless Cars]

Although the idea of a driverless vehicle seems like the stuff of science fiction, we are moving very close to the reality of self-driving cars. But we are so engrossed in the technology that we are ignoring the legal implications – and legislating for new scenarios takes time. A whole new set of questions is raised by the development of these machines. One example is the question of who takes responsibility when an accident happens. Given that the vast majority of crashes are caused in part at least by human error, self-driving cars should have the capacity to save lives. But they will not be perfect. So if an accident happens, who is responsible? The owner of the car, or the manufacturer of the car? The car itself cannot be prosecuted or made to pay damages.

Which one of the following can be drawn as a conclusion from the above passage?

A. The design of driverless cars will continue to improve with time.

B. All the technology needed to create a self-driving car is already available.

C. New laws are needed to determine liability for accidents involving driverless cars.

D. It will be impossible to determine liability for accidents involving driverless cars.

E. We should not continue to develop self-driving cars.