Automated car owners liable if vehicle crashes, says report


  1. If an automated vehicle’s computer system has been hacked, the report says the Japanese government should compensate the accident victims–just as it does when vehicles stolen from innocent owners are involved.
  2. The ministry expects that the transition period for automated vehicles in the level 1-4 autonomous range to become commonplace will occur between 2020 and 2025.
  3. And with level 4, the vehicle is fully automated when certain conditions are met, and the human driver does next to nothing.
  4. In level 3, the automated system operates the vehicle, but a human can jump in to take control when necessary.
  5. The ministry asked a research group to compile the report that will be included in forthcoming guidelines for automated driving.
  6. The ministry expects that normal and automated vehicles in certain categories will be sharing Japanese roads between 2020 and 2025.
  7. If an automated vehicle causes an accident in Japan, the owner will have to be responsible for paying compensation, even if they weren’t behind the wheel at the time of the incident.
  8. In level 1, the vehicle assists a driver with automated braking and some other actions.
  9. SAE identified five levels of automated driving, from driving assistance level 1 to completely autonomous level 5.


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