sd603 Posted at 2017-2-28 16:59
When these odd crashes happen we all want DJI to make us whole. And, while it's tough for me to tell, it seems they often do. What I wonder about is whether DJI can/has been held liable for consequential property or personal damages. This is an emerging issue with driverless cars and insurance (think about it -- fully driverless cars should be 100% manufacturer liability). DJI needs to be on top of this as they have a similar issue with all the failsafe technology built into our drones.
BTW -- I work in the insurance industry, and one thing I made sure of before buying a drone was that my $5mn umbrella liability policy covered my non-commercial drone usage -- it does. If you hurt someone your $1-2k loss of drone is the least of your worries...
Well you should be flying safely, which means not flying over people or property that may be damaged, so it will be hard to find them liable if it drops on top of someone. Of course the law is different in different countries.
With DJI being Chinese you would probably have to use a Chinese court to get anywhere and I think that would not be worthwhile.
For the driverless cars, for the time being no driverless cars are available, they are only driver assist with the driver taking responsibility. Even when driverless cars are available, the autopilot will just be a component and it won't be much different to finding the manufacturer liable for damage caused by any other component failure, failures do happen, especially in extreme circumstances, for example if you drive onto black ice and the anti-lock brakes don't stop the car when you use them and the steering doesn't steer the car, the manufacturer is not held responsible.