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Japan to place accident liability on self-driving car owners

Automakers will only be responsible in the case of a system flaw

Liability for autonomous driving accidents has became an urgent topic after an Uber Technologies test car struck a woman in Arizona.

TOKYO -- Japan plans to hold owners responsible for accidents involving self-driving cars, like regular vehicles, easing liability concerns among automakers and likely accelerating commercialization efforts.

The policy is part of the guidelines governing autonomous cars unveiled by the government's Council on Investments for the Future Friday. The plan is to submit related legislation to the Diet as early as 2019. 

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