Welcome to SueMyCar!
The year is 2025. You pull up to a stoplight and patiently wait for the light to turn green. Suddenly, the vehicle behind you collides into your car’s rear bumper. Angry and frustrated, you storm out of your car to “greet” the man driving the vehicle that hit you.
“Why didn’t you stop?” you ask.
“I wasn’t driving. My car is an autonomous vehicle. I was reading my newspaper and did not know that my car was not going to stop.” The man responds.
“Well, I don’t care whether you were driving or not. My car is damaged. I’m late for work. It’s your fault.” You respond.
“I already told you that I was not driving. My vehicle is an autonomous vehicle. “It,” he points to his autonomous vehicle, “was driving. It’s my vehicle’s fault.”
“I don’t care. I will see you in court,” you assert.
“Sue My Car, Not Me!”
Welcome to SueMyCar!
SueMyCar is a blog that will discuss our vehicles’ progression from being human controlled to vehicles being controlled by computers and artificial intelligence. In this blog, I will address legal, moral, and ethical issues facing autonomous vehicles.
You may wonder why I gave the website this name. SueMyCar was part of the name of my first publication discussing autonomous vehicles and civil liability. The article, “Sue My Car Not Me: Products Liability and Accidents Involving Autonomous Vehicles” was published by the University of Illinois Journal of Law & Technology. I have also had the following articles published:
- Driving Into the Unknown: Examining the Crossroads of Criminal Law and Autonomous Vehicles
- Crashing into the Unknown: An Examination of Crash-Optimization Algorithms Through the Two Lanes of Ethics and Law
- Imputing Driverhood: Applying a Reasonable Driver Standard to Accidents Caused by Autonomous Vehicles
Though I continue to write academic articles on autonomous vehicle technology, those articles require immense amounts of time to research, write, and publish, which has significantly hindered my ability to discuss and analyze the many current events (and other ideas that catch my interest) about autonomous vehicles.
I intend to discuss many issues confronting autonomous vehicles and the companies that produce these vehicles. This blog will be directed both to current events surrounding autonomous vehicles and to more systematic discussions of autonomous vehicles. Although a lawyer by trade, my analysis and discussion may not be limited to strictly legal issues surrounding autonomous vehicles.
This website is intended to be interactive; I want to hear your thoughts and ideas! Please feel free to comment, email me, or otherwise share the blog posts. Also, if you read a blog post and want to write a rebuttal or if there is a topic you would like to write about, please contact me. I have included a page for you to submit questions or post suggested topics for the blog. I will try my best to respond to, or otherwise blog about, each of your suggestions.
Thanks for being a part of SueMyCar! The first post will discuss the fatal flaw of semi-autonomous technology.