Our car accident attorneys report on a recent news story where a California police officer had quite a surprise when he pulled over a car, only to find no driver inside. The Mountain View, California police officer stopped one of Google's self-driving cars for traveling too slowly. The car was apparently traveling at 24 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. Traffic had backed up behind the slow moving vehicle. As the officer approached the car, he realized it was one of Google's self-driving vehicles. Although the car had no driver, it did have a passenger. The officer asked the passenger how the car selected its speed and informed the passenger as to a section of the legal code that relates to impeding traffic.
The Google Self-Driving Car Project admitted that the car was driving slow, noting that none of the vehicles have ever been ticketed. Company spokespersons explained that the smart cars have been capped at speeds of 25 miles per hour for safety reasons and so that the public views the vehicles as friendly, not zooming, potentially frightening vehicles. Ultimately, the officer found the car had not broken the law and no ticket was issued.
Self-Driving Cars Could Eliminate the Majority of Car Accidents
Google is among the pioneers of self-driving vehicles, which are poised to become the wave of the future. Self-driving cars have been traveling on roadways across California and Nevada for years. Major automobile makers involved in the industry are fighting to place the cars in other states as well so that testing can continue. Google predicts that its vehicles will drive better than most human drivers and will reduce the rate of automobile accidents nationwide once widely adopted. Accident statistics would support this assertion. The majority of all automobile accidents stem from human error. By taking human error out of the driving equation, accident rates would seem likely to plummet.
It is anticipated that by the year 2020, semi-autonomous vehicles will be commonplace and self-driving vehicles should follow shortly after. Semi-autonomous vehicles would still require a human driver, but the car would be able to react and respond to other cars and outside stimuli. These vehicles could take over control when you are traveling on the highway and will be equipped with a variety of technologies so that they can accurately adjust their driving to the location of other vehicles or road conditions. This could allow humans to enjoy other activities while traveling by car.
The future of self-driving vehicles looks bright and thus far Google's vehicles have extremely high safety ratings as do other major competitors. This increasing reliance on technology could lead to more defective vehicle accidents and the causes of automobile accidents will change as technology continues to evolves, but hopefully rates will drop significantly overall.
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