‘Autonomous Vehicles, Software and Product Liability: Have the Law Commissions Missed an Opportunity?’

“Whether the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (CPA) applies to software is a topic of considerable uncertainty. Since the 1980s practitioners and scholars have debated whether the European product liability regime (Directive 85/374/EEC), which the CPA implements, applies to products with some software smarts – like that in automated industrial tools, aeroplanes and computers controlling nuclear plants or being used to monitor the condition of a patient in hospital. The application of the CPA to emerging technologies is similarly fraught with legal uncertainty …” (more)

[Leah Grolman, Oxford Business Law Blog, 14 October]

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