The advantages of this course of action are numerous. First, it would save victims of car accidents involving autonomous vehicles the copious amounts of time and money they would need to recover for their damages, not to mention the emotional toll. Second, it would avoid the need to drag manufacturers of autonomous vehicles to court every time an autonomous vehicle is involved in a fender bender. Third, this solution is simple, compatible with Georgia’s car insurance laws and easy to administer and carry out.
A “no fault” rule also would spread the costs of damages caused by autonomous vehicles over time and over a larger group of people, which would lead to lower autonomous vehicle prices and a rapid increase in road safety as the technology becomes commonplace.
In addition to the above recommendation, Georgia’s Legislature and regulators should avoid mistakes made elsewhere and refrain from imposing unnecessary restrictions on autonomous vehicle technology that would hinder its development and implementation.
Yaniv Heled is an assistant professor at Georgia State University College of Law.