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Testing of self-driving cars prompts modifications


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 19, 2014 in Car Accidents

Each day car accidents that are the result of actions taken by those behind the wheel occur in Connecticut, as well as in states throughout the nation. According to the National Safety Council, approximately 35,000 individuals die each year in motor vehicle accidents. In 90 percent of those situations human error is to blame.

Readers may be aware that Google is currently working on developing a vehicle that does not require a driver. At this point, the vehicles have traversed 700,000 miles of roads during tests and have demonstrated their ability to interact on roads with other vehicles, bicyclists and construction zones, without incident.

One of the compelling reasons behind the push for this transportation innovation is to reduce accidents that are caused by human error. Theoretically, if the human component is removed from driving, the number of deadly car accidents that occur will be reduced significantly.

In fact, during the course of these road tests, some issues became apparent. In certain situations the vehicles were too cautious. This caused the vehicles to stop completely, necessitating human interaction to get it moving again. To address the matter, the cars have been programmed to stay closer to other vehicles than is recommended for cars being driven by humans. In addition, when at a four way stop, the vehicles will decisively move forward when it is their turn.

How this technology will actually impact the lives of individuals throughout the nation remains to be seen. In the meantime however, accidents will continue to occur. When serious injuries are the result, a personal injury lawsuit may be filed to try to recover compensation.

Source: Toptechnews.com, "Google's Self-Driving Cars Encounter the Bizarre," Steve Johnson, November 17, 2014