EU Proposes Rules Making it Easier to Sue Drone Makers, AI Systems
Last Updated on: 1st October 2022, 11:59 am
On Wednesday, the European Commission proposed rules making it easier for individuals and companies to sue makers of drones, robots, and other products equipped with artificial intelligence software for compensation for harm caused by them. The proposed rules would make it easier for individuals and companies to file lawsuits for damage caused by these products and would establish a fund to help cover the costs of damages awarded.
The Commission says the proposed rules would apply to products that use artificial intelligence software to perform tasks such as navigation, surveillance, or manipulation. Products that do not have artificial intelligence software but that are similarly equipped with electronic systems would not be covered by the proposed rules. The Commission says the proposed rules would not apply to products that are operated by individuals for recreational purposes.
In a landmark announcement, the European Union has proposed new rules to make it easier to sue those who create or use AI-enabled products and services. The AI Liability Directive is a response to the increasing use of AI-enabled products and services, and the patchwork of national rules that currently exist across the 27-country European Union.
The proposed rules would also make it easier for companies to defend themselves from lawsuits. Currently, companies can find it difficult to prove that they were not responsible for harm caused by their AI-enabled products or services. The proposed rules would make it easier for companies to prove that they were not responsible for the damage caused by their products or services.
Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said that the rules would make it easier for victims of damage caused by drones or AI systems to take the companies responsible to court. He said that the EU was committed to ensuring that victims of damage caused by old technologies were treated the same as victims of damage caused by new technologies.
Presumption Of Causality
The European Union is proposing new rules that would make it easier for victims to sue manufacturers and users of AI technology for harm. The rules dubbed the “presumption of causality,” would require victims only to show that a manufacturer or user’s failure to comply with certain requirements caused the harm and then link this to the AI technology in their lawsuit.
This change is necessary because AI technology is growing more and more sophisticated. If users and manufacturers are not careful, AI technology can cause significant harm. For example, a self-driving car might crash because the software has been programmed to ignore stop signs. Or a computer system might be hacked and used to distribute viruses.
Product Liability Directive
The European Commission has announced a new update to the Product Liability Directive that means manufacturers will be liable for all unsafe products, tangible and intangible, including software and digital services. This means that after the products are sold, consumers will have more ways to hold companies accountable for injuries and damage caused by their products.
This change is a response to the growing popularity of drones and other technology products. According to the Commission, there have been a number of accidents involving drones, resulting in serious injuries and even death. The new rules will make it easier for victims of these accidents to pursue legal action.
The European Union is proposing new regulations that would make it easier for individuals to sue companies and manufacturers for safety concerns related to smart-home products and artificial intelligence (AI). If the regulations are approved, users would be able to sue the company’s EU representative for compensation if their product becomes unsafe as a result of a software update or if the manufacturer fails to fix a cybersecurity gap.
The AI Liability Directive will need to be agreed upon with EU countries and EU lawmakers before it can become law. If approved, it would make it easier for individuals to hold companies and manufacturers accountable for any injuries that may result from their products.