Who’s liable when a self-driving car runs you over? Legislative bill attempts to clarify that

Under a legislative bill introduced by State Sen. Suzanne Geist of Lincoln, the manufacturer of the self-driving technology would be liable in a crash involving a vehicle that was capable of “the entire driving task” and operating in autonomous mode.

In the case of a vehicle operating “in concert” with a driver — such as a car with lane-centering technology that required a motorist to touch the wheel every so often or take control when making a stop — the driver would be liable.

Don’t worry quite yet, because there are no cars or trucks on the road yet that perform the “entire driving task,” but Geist said those technologies are coming, and Nebraska’s rules on liability need to be ready.