In May 2016, Joshua Brown was driving – or more accurately, “operating” – a Tesla Model S, when his vehicle struck a Semi and Brown was killed. Brown wasn’t technically “driving” because his Tesla was set to autonomous mode, meaning the vehicle was driving itself.
Brown’s death and his family’s impending lawsuit bring up a host of questions surrounding blame in accidents caused by self-driving cars. Who gets sued in these scenarios? The manufacturer? The tire company? The software maker? The drivers who touched “Agree” on their startup screens?