For most, any time you open a web browser the first thing that you do is Google something. For the last 17 years, Google has had a part in innovating search engines, productivity software, and social networking. Google’s latest endeavor is the creation of the self-driving car. Some people are excited with the idea and some others are not so trusting about it.
Since its announcement in 2012, the self-driving car has been a major topic amongst drivers and pedestrians alike. One of the ideas behind this creation is to take away the car accident related factor of human error; another is to give people chance to be more productive while in commute. Recently Google and Ford Motor Company have agreed to work together on this project and have successfully used a self-driving car to navigate through snowy streets in the northern United States.
However, what does all this mean for the rest of the United States? According to reports there are well over 200,000 car accidents in the southern states every year and there are over 6,000 deaths per year as a result. If tests continue to be successful, the United States can look forward to avoiding maneuvering a vehicle during the harsh weather is also a huge contributor to car crashes and fatalities. Another positive notion is for much older citizens can still maintain their independence although they lose the ability to actively drive.
Some negatives comments and concerns about the self-driving car include individuals not believing they can actually trust the technology to function properly 100% of the time which may lead to a car crash. Other concerns include, the driving software storing personal data could be a violation of privacy, another is how the car can navigate itself through detours and others things that could affect the route taken. Is the self-driving car as safe as testers claim it to be? Many skeptics raise the question on if after the implementing of these vehicles will driving education still be required and will there be classes to learn how to use the self-driving car?
Whatever the opinion is on this matter, only time will tell the outcome. It is projected that the self-driving car will be a part of our lives by the year 2020, hopefully by then this new vehicle can be better understood, save lives, and helps prevent traffic accidents. Contact a car accident lawyer for assistance.