the driver should not be held accountable if there is a crash while Driving in Autonomous – that is, most of the experts on the German traffic law agree. Criminal responsibility would require that you wear only when you can control the drive system, shared with the German road safety Council in Goslar.

Similar to the ADAC sees it: the driver of a vehicle should only be prosecuted if you have steered the car by hand, or the tax late, taken, a spokesman said.

For car manufacturers, designers and software programmers, it might be in the future, however risky. You may be held criminally responsible, if self-driving cause car accident with injuries.

lawyers warn of risks for programmers

New technologies, the responsibility shifted increasingly, says the legal expert of the automobile clubs ACE, Hannes Krämer. He requested clarity for users of automated driving functions: It must be “clear, what are the legal consequences.” Similar to the car, said automobile club AvD: The criminal law was outdated, since cars are becoming a self-employed driving, a spokesman said.

concerns notified to the German bar Association (DAV). A stricter liability for the manufacturer, could mean, “that one has with the choice of profession of the programmer the first foot in the prison,” explained Daniela Mielchen of the DAV working group traffic law.


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