Your insurance agent will only be able to tell you about whether or not your policy covers it. Civil liability extends beyond that question.
I love technology and gadgets, too. There are great things on the horizon. To retrofit a 5,000lbs van with a famous hackerís attempt to get in on the VC land rush into vehicle automation is going a bit out on a limb. Any accident you get in will immediately draw scrutiny from all parties involved, whether it has anything to do with the system or not. Imagine how it plays out in front of a juryóa cheap Android phone the you wired into your van yourself, with software thatís beta-quality, from an iPhone-hacker? Particularly after you make videos about it and post them, in which you make safety assessments without any real basis for your conclusions?
Iím just presenting some things that Iíd consider. Everything is always great until software/hardware isnít up to the task we ask of it. Itís easy to say youíre in control, but the reality is that our vans have electricity operated steering and drive-by-wire throttles. Iím not sure if the brakes are a direct linkage, but I kind of doubt it given the blending of regenerative braking involved. All of that integrates systems together that have been heavily tested individually and tested by Chrysler. Youíre introducing a variable that Chrysler never tested, never intended the system to integrate with, and that very likely has little to no formal testing by anyone.
Do you actually know what youíre doing, or are you just a guy that bought it because itís interesting to you?
2019 Pacifica Hybrid Limited