According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Tesla plans to introduce a self-driving taxi fleet. Like Uber and Lyft, Tesla would collect 25% to 30% of the fee charged for riders. Tesla expects regulatory approval that allows for a robot taxi service by the end of 2020.
What legal rights will a customer have if the robot malfunctions and causes an accident?
Will the customer’s legal theory of recovery be based on the robot’s negligence or rather a products liability theory against the company?
What will the customer have the burden to show in a negligence case or in a products liability case?
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Attorney Edgar J. Guzman