Autonomous Cars and Tort Liability

51 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2013 Last revised: 2 Jul 2018

Date Written: Fall 2013


With the passing of time, cars are becoming more autonomous and independent of human intervention. However, with this shift in control from humans to technology, there also comes a shift in liability. While autonomous cars will eliminate many accidents caused by human error, many others will result due to technological malfunctions. In order to ensure that autonomous cars enter the marketplace in a timely fashion, the liability of autonomous car manufacturers requires mitigation. This Note examines the legal issues surrounding autonomous cars, including tort liability, and proposes a means by which the liability issues surrounding autonomous cars may be fashioned in order to effectuate a timely implementation of autonomous cars in the marketplace.

Keywords: driverless cars, autonomous cars, tort liability, autonomous car liability, driverless car liability, insuring autonomous cars, insurance

Suggested Citation

Colonna, Kyle, Autonomous Cars and Tort Liability (Fall 2013). Case Western Reserve Journal of Law, Technology & the Internet, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2012, Available at SSRN: or

Kyle Colonna (Contact Author)

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