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Caroline Coates comments on - Volvo: ‘We’ll accept liability for driverless car crashes

VOLVO HAS given a boost to the development of self-driving cars by becoming the first manufacturer to say that it will accept liability if one of its autonomous vehicles makes a mistake and crashes.

Caroline Coates comments on - Volvo: ‘We’ll accept liability for driverless car crashes - published in the Times 12 October 2015

The British government has set a target of the same year to update road laws to allow driverless cars to operate.

Coelingh said that customers could be able to buy the vehicles by 2020, although early models may be able to drive themselves only on motorways and in slow-moving traffic queues.

Caroline Coates, head of the automotive sector at the law firm DWF, said other car makers would probably have to follow Volvo’s lead. “They are the first manufacturer to put their head above the parapet,” she said, “but if a car is driving autonomously you would expect to look at the vehicle first [rather than the driver] when assigning liability.”

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Caroline Coates

Partner - Head of Insurance / Executive Partner (Birmingham)

I am Executive Partner of the Birmingham office and I head up the insurance sector for DWF nationally. I specialise in product liability cases, complex employers’ liability and public liability claims for automotive, manufacturing, utility and public sector clients.