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Business Week today profiles Honda's rolling technology lab for driver-assistance applications, the ASV-3, or Advanced Safety Vehicle. Loaded with more satellite- and radar-guided "look out" functions than the QE2, the ASV-3, according to BW, isn't just a mobile exercise in safer living through technology, it's also a case study in a new era of liability law that may define who's responsible for the next-generation's worth of car accidents. If a machine takes over to avoid an accident, for example, and the accident happens anyway, who's fault is it? More to the point, who pays damages, insurance company or carmaker? Will car companies have to carry a policy on every single car they build with driver assistance functions? Yes, Hal, it sure is highly freaking irregular, thanks for asking.

Cars That Brake When You Don't [Business Week]

Safe at Any Speed: Honda s ASV Prototype [internal]