Is Amazon becoming a car company? Not quite, but it may become the next big player in autonomous driving. As reported in several news articles like Forbes and The Street, Amazon has been heavily investing in autonomous vehicle technology to both save money and make money.
Eric Lazzari needed to get across downtown for a meeting and decided to use an electric scooter, according to The Denver Post. He knew the law, and was properly operating the e-scooter on the sidewalk. While stopped at an intersection, an angry pedestrian approached him, told him scooters didn’t belong on the sidewalk, and smacked him in the back of the head.
A recent study conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHSTA) attributes 94 percent of serious automobile crashes to human error. Based on this key fact, the NHSTA is hopeful that autonomous vehicles will considerably reduce the number of accidents and associated damages. The bad news is that determining who is at fault when AV accidents occur may prove to be a difficult task. Traditionally, accident liability has focused on the actions of the driver. With the advent of AVs, however, liability and risk will likely shift to manufacturers, dealerships, software programmers, relevant third-party suppliers, and the company in charge of training AV operators.