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Are We “Heading Toward Hell” with Driverless Cars

Are We "Heading Toward Hell" with Driverless Cars

As the race to create the latest and greatest driverless car continues, with major automakers and tech companies pumping billions of dollars into the effort, the debate continues about how safe these vehicles are. According to a CBS interview with Kevin Delaney, editor-in-chief and co-CEO of Quartz, when it comes to fully driverless cars, “we’re heading towards hell.”

Safety Improvements Are Needed

Delaney tells CBS that these autonomous vehicles are not yet safe. According to U.S. government certification, there are five levels of autonomous vehicle safety. And right now, at best, he says, we’re at level two. This means that even when vehicles have autonomous or semi-autonomous features, drivers must keep their hands on the wheel and stay alert to avoid accidents.

That’s not the only problem. Researchers have found that when people have access to cars that require less effort and money, they drive a lot more. So, the traffic we’re seeing today on our roadways could get much worse. Delaney said it’s time to look at solutions before we get these cars on the road. He says one solution is introducing autonomous vehicles in waves, starting with lower-risk innovations such as buses that travel at very low speeds.

Another solution is “platooning,” where a human drives one truck with an autonomous truck following close behind. Delaney said the policy also needs to change. Right now, we don’t have much guidance from Washington, D.C. Safety in driverless cars is being left to automakers, which is not a good place to be.

Driverless Cars and Safety

Our auto defect attorneys, who represent the rights of injured victims and their families, strongly believe that driverless cars should not be put on the roadway before they are ready for primetime. If we are in stage two or the five stages that need to be fulfilled before autonomous vehicles are safe, those vehicles should not even be tested on public roadways. We should be testing them on a racetrack when lives will not be endangered.

Please be aware that you have rights if an autonomous vehicle strikes you or a loved one. You may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. Don’t hesitate to contact an experienced auto defect lawyer who can help you pursue your legal rights.


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