Autonomous vehicles have certainly developed their technology much more extensively than when they first started testing these automobiles, but a recent consumer report study shows that there is still cause for concerns.
The analysis found that if every new vehicle coming off the assembly line included advanced driver systems, this could save more than 20,000 lives every single year. However, a report from AAA directly goes against some of these promises claiming that active driving assistance programs currently available are not completely reliable, meaning that they experience some form of a glitch or breakdown every 8 miles.
This means that the expectation of how these vehicles could help to cut down on catastrophic accidents may be far out of alignment with what is actually possible. The latest vehicles that have been tested by AAA are known as those having level two automation.
Level I includes combined automated functions, such as steering, braking, and vehicle acceleration. At this point, however, a motorist must still be actively involved by monitoring the environment and staying active with the overall task of driving.
Even though most people are not yet comfortable with self-driving vehicles, the vast majority of accidents caused today are traced back to human error and driver mistakes. This means that even if you’re driving safely or using areas on or near the roadways as a pedestrian or cyclist, you could be hurt if another driver is not paying attention or following the laws.
If you or someone you know has recently been hurt in a serious vehicle accident in San Francisco, it is up to you to schedule a consultation with a trusted personal injury lawyer.