If no one is behind the wheel in an autonomous car crash, who pays?

"But the liability restriction shouldn’t be an obstacle, says Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina in Columbia who specializes in autonomous driving and the standards.

“I'm somewhat wary of proposals to dramatically restructure liability rules, as diving into these longstanding policy battles could create more problems than it solves,” he writes in an email to the Monitor. “If manufacturers believe that liability issues are deterring or delaying their deployment of new technologies, then they should be able to make that case clearly and concretely. In fact, several of these companies have essentially accepted the existing framework.”"