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Volvo: We will accept full liability if our self-driving cars crash

Volvo: We will accept full liability if our self-driving cars crash image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Volvo | posted October 12, 2015 16:43

Production of self-driving automobiles must be regulated says Volvo CEO

As technology in self-driving cars become greater, Volvo recently announced that they will accept full responsibility should one of their autonomous vehicles crash. This statement comes after Volvo President and CEO Hakan Samuelsson, delivered a speech during a seminar about self-driving cars at the House of Sweden in Washington DC.

During his talk, Samuelsson stated that the US market is currently the 'most progressive country in the world in autonomous driving'. However, the US is also in danger of losing its status as Samuelsson also claimed that the country lacks a national framework for regulating and testing autonomous vehicles.

“The US risks losing its leading position due to the lack of Federal guidelines for the testing and certification of autonomous vehicles. Europe has suffered to some extent by having a patchwork of rules and regulations. It would be a shame if the US took a similar path to Europe in this crucial area,” said Samuelsson.

The President and CEO added that the absence of such rules and regulations means running the risk of having car makers not follow a unified set of guidelines for all 50 states.

Volvo President and CEO Hakan Samuelsson

Aside from making a statement about regulating autonomous vehicle production, Samuelsson also announced that Volvo regards hacking a vehicle's onboard system as a criminal offense.

“We are constantly evolving defensive software to counter the risks associated with hacking a car. We do not blame Apple, or Microsoft for computer viruses or hackers,” added Samuelsson.

Just last week, Volvo revealed its 'safe and seamless' autonomous driving interface called 'Intellisafe Auto Pilot'. Described by Volvo as one of the industry's most advanced and easy-to use interface, the system itself can notify the driver of a route where autonomous driving is possible.

Before entering mainstream production, Volvo will test the system in 100 XC90 prototypes which is part of the company's Drive Me project which will start in 2017.