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In the light of new self driving vehicle deployment by Uber in San Francisco and the subsequent city ordinance to stop the vehicles, I'm interested to know if people who rode (before and after ordinance) would have a legal standing to file a lawsuit? If so what would be the offense? (for example: reckless endangerment?) Will that require a court to first decide on the legality of the self driving operation? Has there been any precedent in other aspects of industrial operation (automated industries etc)

  • What damage have they suffered? – Dale M Dec 16 '16 at 12:56
  • reckless endangerment is sufficient ground or an actual injury or damage is warranted? – WanderingMind Dec 16 '16 at 12:59
  • A civil suit seeks to recover compensation for some damage suffered by the plaintiff. If there's no claim for damages, there is no reason to sue. Before you can sue someone, you have to identify the harm you have suffered and why that person is responsible for it. If you go to a court and say only "uber transported me in a driverless car," the court will respond with the effective equivalent of "so what?" – phoog Dec 16 '16 at 14:27
  • Thanks everyone. I have no background in law and your comments are helpful in understanding the nature of lawsuit. – WanderingMind Dec 16 '16 at 21:25

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