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California self-driving rule tweaks boost manufacturer liability - Roadshow

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California is hard at work on a set of regulations for future self-driving cars, and one new tweak could affect crash liability in a big way.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has altered how the state will treat manufacturer liability in the event of a crash, the Associated Press reports. Originally suggested by General Motors, this rule would let OEMs escape liability in the event the vehicle was not maintained to manufacturer specifications, but that is no longer the case.

Some see this as a win for consumers. Per an earlier AP report, manufacturers could have theoretically used this loophole to skirt liability even in the case of the most minor infraction -- say, if a tire has 1 or 2 fewer pounds of pressure than it should. The adjusted regulations eliminate that potential loophole, which might not be so great for those tasked with building self-driving cars.

Liability is a concern in vehicles that contain human controls, but what about in cases where there's...(continued)
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