At the forefront of automobile technology sits Tesla as they work towards the vision of a self-driving car. Their technology continually improves and there are already models with Tesla’s automated control system, called Autopilot, that lets motorists take a backseat as their vehicle does the driving.
Unfortunately, that technology is still in its infancy and may have been at the root of a recent fatal car crash. The incident took place on a freeway, where a Tesla car crashed into a divider.
The impact killed the driver and caused a fire that shut down two lanes of highway. The incident also prompted an investigation by the United States National Transportation Safety Board, which said it is unclear if the automated control system was active at the time of the crash.
This incident comes shortly after another one involving a self-driving Uber car. That Uber vehicle, which had a backup emergency driver behind the wheel, hit and killed a woman in the street as she was walking with her bicycle. That incident is also still under investigation.
Will Technology Curb Motor Vehicle Accidents?
The main goal of self-driving or autonomous vehicles is to make roads safer for all involved. Cars controlled by computers will not end up distracted, fatigued, or drunk — just a few things that affect human motorists on a daily basis.
Self-serving cars utilize sensors and sophisticated software to navigate, control and drive a vehicle. Eventually, it would be so that a motorist could sit safely behind the wheel and get from Point A to Point B without actually having to drive the vehicle. They could read a book or make a business call as the car makes its way to the intended destination.
But, as is evidenced by recent incidents, the technology is still experimental. There is a lot that still needs to be worked out in order to make sure that self-driving cars will actually decrease the percentage of automobile accidents and the injuries or deaths that stem from them.
Contact an Experienced Attorney if You Have Been Injured
New technology or not, accidents still happen at an alarming rate. From those accidents come injuries ranging from minor scrapes and bruises to permanently debilitating injuries that can change the rest of your life.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident then you should contact an experienced attorney. In New Jersey, the attorneys at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC have the experience and knowledge necessary to get you the compensation you deserve while you concentrate on recovering.
Do not hesitate to contact them today. Call 732-264-4400 to schedule a consultation.
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