Unsettled Issues Facing Automated Vehicles and
This SAE EDGE™ Research Report explores how the deployment of automated vehicles
(AVs) will affect the insurance industry and the principles of liability that underly
the structure of insurance in the US. As we trade human drivers for suites of sensors
and computers, who (or what) is responsible when there is a crash? The owner of the vehicle?
The automaker that built it? The programmer that wrote the code?
Insurers have over 100 years of experience and data covering human drivers, but with only a few
years’ worth of information on AVs – how can they properly predict the true risks associated with
their deployment? Without an understanding of the nature and risks of AVs, how can the government
agencies that regulate the insurance industry provide proper oversight? Do the challenges AVs
present require a total reworking of our insurance and liability systems, or can our current structures
be adapted to fit them with minor modifications?
Unsettled Legal Issues Facing Automated Vehicles explores a number of potential challenges and unsettled
topics facing the insurance industry and offers potential solutions brought forth from a team of seven legal experts.