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California may limit liability of self-driving cars' makers

California may limit liability of self-driving cars' makers

California regulators are embracing a General Motors recommendation that would help automakers avoid paying for accidents and other trouble caused by self-driving cars.

That's raising concerns that the proposal will put an unfair burden on vehicle owners.

Critics say regulations drafted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles could open a loophole for automakers to skirt responsibility for accidents, injuries and deaths caused by defective self-driving cars — for instance, if tires are slightly underinflated or if the oil hasn't been changed as regularly as manufacturers suggest.

The DMV wording drew from a GM recommendation intended to protect self-driving...

EDITION: California | U.S. & World
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