There is much being said about driverless cars helping to reduce the number of car accidents throughout the country. It is understandable as the number of accidents – particularly fatal accidents – is on the rise and experts point to driver distraction as one of the reasons for the increase. However, as it is becoming clearer that driverless cars have issues of their own, are they really the answer we have been hoping for? Keep reading to learn about the controversy and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
There is No Question That Safety Improvements Are Needed
It seems that everyone involved is in agreeance that autonomous vehicles still need a lot of work if they are to be considered safe. There are five different levels of autonomous vehicle safety per government certification in the United States. At the moment, self-driving vehicles are at level two. This means that though they can partially be trusted to be safe, drivers should still keep their hands on the wheel and be alert while driving.
Researchers Show That Driverless Cars May Lead to a Surprising Problem
Researchers have also found that when a person has access to a car that requires less effort and less money to operate, they are more likely to drive more. This means that the traffic we are already struggling to deal with could get even worse. This is why it is time to look at solutions now – before these vehicles take over the road.
There are a few options that have been proposed to deal with this influx of vehicles. One expert says that the answer is to introduce autonomous vehicles in waves. First, they would start with lower-risk options like buses that travel at low speeds. As time goes one, more and more vehicles would be released.
They have also pointed to “platooning” as an option. This involves having a human drive a truck that has a driverless truck right behind it. This would prevent the driverless car from having total control but would cut the number of required drivers in half. At the moment, there is a lack of guidance at the state and federal levels, which means that it may be up to the automakers to ensure their vehicles are safe. This is not good news for anyone – except the automakers.
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Whether you were injured in a car accident with traditional vehicles, autonomous vehicles, rideshare vehicles, a bus, or any other type of vehicle, The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker is here to help. You can contact us at 800-333-0000 now for your free legal consultation.