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OFF BEAT: Who's to blame if car has no driver?


If the safety — if not the very notion — of driverless cars has left you scratching your head, you’re in good company.

As trials of the vehicles are set to start this month in four U.K. towns, The Independent reports many Brits are unclear about where blame would lie in the event of an accident.

Research commissioned by uSwitch.com showed almost half of respondents would not want to be a passenger, and 43% were skeptical that such cars could operate safely. One-third of respondents worried that introduction of driverless vehicles would drive up insurance rates, The Independent reported. And 16% reportedly were “horrified” by the notion of traveling in one of the newfangled gadgets.

Despite the concerns, the cars are slated for testing in Bristol, Coventry, Greenwich and Milton Keynes.