In May of 2016, a 40-year-old man named Joshua Brown became the first individual
killed in a self-driving car while it was in autonomous mode. A truck
heading in the opposite direction suddenly turned left across the Tesla’s
path without the car’s radar and computer-vision system recognizing
the vehicle, causing Brown to die instantly after impact.
In July, following the incident, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony
Foxx addressed the issue of self-driving cars at an Automated Vehicle
Symposium. In order to have a successful transition to the use of self-driving
cars in our everyday lives, safety must be the primary focus.
“We need the industry to take the safety aspect of this very seriously,”
Foxx stated. “We don’t want to replace crashes with human
factors with large numbers of crashes caused by systems.”
Tesla currently has approximately 70,000 vehicles on the road which possess
autopilot capabilities. The company’s main goal is to make half
a million autopilot-enabled cars in less than two years.
However, the process of having millions of self-driving cars on the road
could prove dangerous. According to a report by the University of Michigan’s
Transportation Research Institute, researchers believe road safety will
become worse during the transition phase since conventional vehicles will
be at risk with more self-driving cars using the roads.
Who is Liable for a Self-Driving Car Accident?
When it comes to the laws governing who is at fault when an autonomous
vehicle is involved in an accident, both Mercedes and Volvo declared that
they would accept liability when their self-driving technology is responsible
for a collision. However, will other manufacturers do the same? Ready
or not, self-driving vehicles are coming.
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