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Are semi-automated vehicles the future of traffic safety?

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Many people expected the future of science to be full of flying cars that would drive users wherever they wanted. While it may be a long time before flying cars are made, technology is one step closer to self-driving cars. Self-driving cars are meant to increase traffic safety by reducing human error. These vehicles are meant to keep their distance from leading vehicles, stop at lights for pedestrians and stay within speed limits without a driver having to do anything. 

However, are roads safer with fully autonomous vehicles? Or, are these vehicles still science fiction? Here are a few problems with self-driving cars:

Over reliance on new technology

Many self-driving cars are sold with the idea that drivers will not have to operate their vehicles. However, these vehicles are not self-driving but semi-automated. What this means is that these vehicles have adaptive controls that help regulate speed, keep a vehicle within street lines and change lanes. These adaptive controls are new and still require user input. 

Studies have shown that users who rely on their vehicles’ self-driving capabilities may lose focus. It is also believed that self-driving cars can lead to drowsiness, which may be worse than distracted driving and is just as dangerous as drunk driving. Drivers who rely too much on their vehicle’s supposed self-driving capabilities can increase the risk of accidents. 

System malfunction

Over reliance on self-driving cars is not the only issue with these vehicles. The technology for these vehicles is still very new, which can mean that users can experience system malfunctions. Even a small issue could lead to a traumatic vehicle collision. 

Victims of auto accidents may need to learn about their legal rights as they seek compensation for their injuries and losses.