As if technology isn’t scary enough with our increasing dependency on it to function in everyday life, America’s deadliest invention—the automobile—is reaching new levels of advancement as self-driving cars are becoming a modern-day reality.
Companies such as Tesla, BMW, and Mercedes have already released cars with some limited self-driving features.
However, 10 million self-driving cars are projected to be on the road by the year 2020.
How does it work?
In simple terms, an example of this phenomenon are Google’s self-driving cars, which have sensors designed to detect objects as far as two football fields away. The objects range from a pedestrian, to a fluttering leaf in the wind. After the sensors detect the object, software processes the information to help navigate the car.
What is the response?
In a recent op-ed article for Pittsburg Post-Gazette, President Obama remarked on the evolution of the self-driving car, and what this progress can mean in terms of safety:
“Right now, too many people die on our roads – 35,200 last year alone – with 94 percent of those the result of human error or choice. Automated vehicles have the potential to save tens of thousands of lives each year. And right now, for too many senior citizens and Americans with disabilities, driving isn’t an option. Automated vehicles could change their lives.”
In the UK, the KPMG estimates that self-driving cars will lead to 2,500 fewer deaths between 2014 and 2030. Many of these preventable deaths are the result of a negligent driver engaging in distracted driving.
What counts as distracted driving?
- Using a cell phone or smartphone.
- Eating and drinking.
- Talking to passengers.
- Using a navigation system.
- Watching a video.
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player.
If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, car repairs, rental vehicle, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can guide you through this process and answer any of your questions.