LONDON -- Automakers rather than the owners of self-driving cars will be legally liable for any crashes in the U.K. under the British government's planned framework for developing autonomous vehicles.
King Charles said the government would introduce an Automated Vehicles Bill as he set out the government's legislative agenda for the forthcoming parliamentary session.
The legislation will create powers to fine companies and give people immunity from prosecution if they are in a self-driving vehicle. Self-driving car companies could face criminal action in the U.K. if their vehicles fail to meet safety standards in the most serious cases.
The bill will also prohibit misleading marketing, meaning only vehicles that meet the safety threshold can be marketed as self-driving.
It's unclear whether this will have any ramifications for Tesla, which markets "full self-driving capability" as a £6,800 ($8,350) add-on in the U.K. that, by its own admission, "does not make the vehicle autonomous."