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Who Insures a Driverless Car?

Google co-founder Sergey Brin stands in front of a driverless car (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Google co-founder Sergey Brin stands in front of a driverless car (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Last Tuesday, California became the third state to legalize driverless cars, a concept automobile under development by Google that could one day revolutionize the way we drive. But the development raises a host of liability questions for insurers.

While noting that these cars are still years away from being produced on an assembly line, Tom Kavanagh, director of the insurance practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers, says it's still interesting to ponder this question today: If there is no driver, then who assumes liability if there is an accident, the owner or the manufacturer?

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