Why Mercedes-Benz Drive Pilot Liability is Such a BIG DEAL

From Transport Evolved.

It’s long been an industry standard that when an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle crashes, the driver remains responsible for the vehicle – both physically and financially.

But in a surprise move last week, Mercedes-Benz announced that it would indemnify drivers from blame and financial burden if its cars crashed while its Level 3 semi-autonomous driver "Drive Pilot" was handling the driving duties.

Here’s why it’s such a big deal.

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00:00 – Introduction
01:23 – Like. Comment. Subscribe
03:24 – Mercedes-Benz’s indemnity
05:34 – The caveats
07:05 – Historical context
08:34 – Volvo’s own plans
09:10 – A different approach
09:49 – Why Drive Pilot matters
13:27 – A case for leading the pack
14:11 – Alternatives
15:50 – Thanks, and goodbye!

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Presenter: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Script: Winter Tashlin
Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Cameras: Michael Horton
Sound: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Coloring: Winter Tashlin
Art and Animation: Erin Carlie
Editor & Producer: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
© Transport Evolved LLC, 2022

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