In a victory for consumers, California regulators stuck down a suggested plan that would have limited automaker’s liability with regards to self-driving cars, The Associated Press reported last Saturday.
The plan, suggested by General Motors, would have left consumers and riders in self-driving cars responsible in the event of a crash in certain circumstances. For example, if the owner hadn’t cleaned the sensors properly and a wreck ensued, the owner would be responsible. Non-profit advocacy group Consumer Watchdog called it a “major victory for consumers.”
The suggested rule is a far cry from GM’s recent public stance on self-driving car liability. GM’s head of innovation, Warwick Stirling, said in October, “If the driver is not driving, the driver is not liable. The car is driving.”
The California Department of Motor Vehicles will continue to take comments on the new changes until December 15, but the new rules will go into effect early next year.