Liability could be roadblock for driverless cars

SAN JOSE, Calif. — It’s the year 2017. You’re seated behind the wheel of one of the first driverless cars to hit the market.
Everything is fine until a heavy downpour hits. Your automated vehicle loses its ability to survey the road ahead as it speeds toward a busy intersection. In the blink of an eye, the car hands off all control to you — along with all legal liability in the case of a crash.