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Driverless (computer-driven) cars are coming.  They promise to reduce, but not eliminate, accidents.  Who pays when there is an accident?  The computer program supplier? The vehicle owner?   What if the vehicle doesn’t get the owner to an appointment on time – maybe a wedding, Dr. appointment or an airline flight – will that create liability?  The insurers must know the playing field to properly offer insurance coverage to the parties involved.

The legal matters may be as problematic as the technical ones!

If those aren’t addressed properly and fairly it will turn into a gold rush for the legal industry which is likely to prevent this promising technology from fulfilling its potential.

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