Aug. 5, 2016—The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) declared on Tuesday that if crashes involving autonomous vehicles are to be avoided, regular inspections must be mandated, according to a report by Automotive News.
Steven Szakaly, chief economist for NADA, spoke at the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars and said that the auto industry should look to the aviation and mining industries, which bring in vehicles for regular service.
“You cannot allow those systems to fail,” Szakaly said, according to the report. “And if you have those systems fail, or you don’t maintain those systems and that leads to failure, that liability is on those manufacturers.”
Szakaly spoke about consumers misusing or misunderstanding autonomous technology, which makes it important that automakers make sure that everything is properly maintained.
“There’s a 100 percent certainty that if we don’t have mandated service intervals someone’s system is not going to be properly maintained and there’s a 100 percent certainty that will end catastrophically in some way,” said Szakaly, according to Automotive News.