Driverless Cars

From: N
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2016 8:47 PM
Subject: Driverless Cars

Dear Mr. Block,

The most recent the National Motorist Association newsletter was almost entirely devoted to the “problems” of driverless cars. “What happens when an accident occurs, who will be held liable? The occupant? The manufacturer? The software designer?” they inquire. They offer several opinions, but none seem correct to me.

I was hoping you might cut to the heart of this issue for me. Please keep up the good work, and consider email encryption!

Kind Regards,


Dear Nemo:

I have no idea as to how the courts will handle this situation. But, if we privatized the roads, as advocated in this book of mine:

Block, Walter E. 2009. The Privatization of Roads and Highways: Human and Economic Factors; Auburn, AL: The Mises Institute;; available for free here:; audio:

Then, it would be the owners of the streets and highways who would decide these issues. They would decide them, presumably, so as to maximize their profits; e.g., to best satisfy their customers’ concern for safety, convenience, etc.

Best regards,


If it moves, privatize it; if it doesn’t move, privatize it. Since everything either moves or doesn’t move, privatize everything.


3:58 pm on February 14, 2019