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Autonomous car illustration There are currently 29 states plus Washington, D.C. that have enacted legislation related to autonomous vehicles. The generally accepted interpretation is that the person who started the vehicle with the intent to drive is the operator. (Illustration: Shutterstock.com)

Once imagined as part of a distant future, autonomous vehicles are now quickly rising in prevalence. As it does in most industries, the development of new technology has far-reaching insurance implications. When it comes to autonomous vehicles, one of the biggest questions is regarding liability. Without a live driver controlling the wheel, who is at fault?

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