Volvo announced last month that it will accept full liability if one of its cars crashes while driving in autonomous mode. It was said to be an effort to promote the growth and regulation of the self-driving car industry. This appears to be the first promise of its kind by any automaker. Volvo AB President and Chief Executive Hakan Samuelsson made the promise official during a seminar on self-driving cars at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.
Volvo is urging government officials to improve federal guidelines for the testing and certification of autonomous vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the responsibility to make sure Volvo and all other automobile manufacturers do all necessary testing on the self-driving vehicles. I don’t believe that rushing these vehicles into production is the prudent thing to do.
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