The Internet of Things

25 Sep 2015

Tim Smith has been quoted in Post as part of an article looking into The Internet of Things discussing the possible implications of what happens if and when things go wrong.

“The theory is the level of cutting-edge technology employed in driverless cars virtually eliminates the possibility of a collision, but inevitably something will go wrong, in which event where does liability lie?

“There are a number of parties that might share liability, including the vehicle’s owner, the operator, the manufacturer, the supplier/importer, the service provider and the company that supplies the data instructions to the car’s computer. Each party may be found to face civil – and in some cases criminal – liability to a greater or lesser extent.”

Discussing digital health, Tim adds; ““Many sensors and wearables have been developed to detect accidents, fits or seizures and heart attacks and then alert emergency services. Sensor technology can also be employed in conjunction with virtual reality environments – useful in remote rehabilitation for patients. However, there needs to be caution. Providers of healthcare technology have already seen the recall of apps that have been calibrated incorrectly. This could lead to claims against those that make such products and their suppliers.”

The article is available to read in full on Post’s website

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