Driverless cars are in the process of becoming a reality and it is a matter of time before they are a mainstream product. These car are pre-programmed to make certain decisions in the case of imminent danger. For example they may choose to crash in order to avoid hitting someone. While not being completely familiar with the programming involved it is my understanding based on a news program that in certain situations the vehicle may not allow the driver to override the programming, such as in situations of imminent threat to life.
My question is when a driverless car damages who is responsible the owner or the company? I understand that generally when a person owns something it is her responsibility to guard it and prevent it from causing damage, however that may not be possible in this case. Furthermore usually when a person buys something they own and are in full control of it, however with this item the company continues to have a certain amount of control over the item even after the sale.