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The Risks of Self-Driving Vehicles

March 7, 2020
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Driver-Automation is Less Than Secure

While intended to be an instrument to promote safety on the roadways across the country, self-driving cars have presented a new array of unintended risks that have made the roads more dangerous, counter to the intention of these vehicles. 

The United States Senator Edward Markey claims that there are some confusing aspects regarding the naming of certain driver systems that are particularly disingenuous to a dangerous degree. More specifically, Senator Markey was referring to Tesla’s branded Autopilot driver-assistance system. Since it was introduced in 2016, there have been fourteen reported collisions, with three fatal accidents, that had taken place in the United States while the autopilot of these vehicles was engaged. 

The lawmaker is currently asking the owner running the Tesla organization, Elon Musk, to enhance the system’s safety features and promote changes through a wholesale rebranding and remarking initiative. His goal is ultimately to reduce the potential misuse of the system by drivers who overly rely on automation. 

The Concerns Generate by Self-Driving Vehicles Continue to Rise

The Risks of Self-Driving VehiclesHowever, the senator is not the only one with concerns about self-driving vehicles. There are many questions surrounding the growing length of time that drivers are permitting their vehicles to operate independently. More, not less, hand-off human intersection should be the priority, especially with a system that is known to have issues with identifying even the simplest of stationary objects. 

Tesla is dedicated to a pursuit to affirm its commitment to safety with the recent introduction of red light and stop sign warnings that are intended to alert inattentive motorists. Despite these measures, improvements still are dependent on the motorist behind the wheel, even if the driver isn’t actually touching the wheel. 

Driver interaction with automated systems is critical. Minimizing or entirely removing the human factor of driving has caused many fatalities. Technological innovations should make the lives of consumers better, not cause them to be involved in a preventable accident. 

For now, the answer to the growing issue should be increasing driver awareness of the limitations of these automated-driving systems. 

Self-Driving Car Accidents in New Mexico

The self-driving vehicle market is growing rapidly, with North America owning an estimated 29 percent of all self-driving cars in the world. However, a majority of American drivers claim they feel unsafe traveling in automated-vehicles. Tesla vehicles, in particular, have a history of crashing into emergency response vehicles, showing that this new technology is far from perfect. 

Fully automated vehicles are intended to make us safer on the roads, but the efficiency of these vehicles have yet to be confirmed. Self-driving cars still have room for improvement, and many Americans are resistant to making the change to an automated vehicle. In some cases, those injured in a crash can reach out to a qualified New Mexico personal injury lawyer to pursue lost compensation. 

The legal team at Will Ferguson & Associates is here to help you make sense of the legal process. We can ensure that your right to compensation is secured. Give us a call at (505) 243-5566 to discuss your case.

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