Auto Safety

Consumer Groups Urge Utah Governor to Ensure the Safe Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles

In a letter to Utah Governor Gary Herbert, consumer groups, including CFA urgued the Governor to veto UT HB 101, which absolves manufacturers of  liability for dangerous and criminally reckless automated driving by naming the automated driving system as the driver and operator under state law. This framework threatens to absolve the manufacturer from the full consequences of testing unproven technology and undertaking dangerous driving maneuvers on Utah roads. Such a failure to hold the appropriate party responsible for its actions greatly diminishes the deterrent value of any potential criminal or civil liability.