Will the Arrival of Driverless Automobiles prevent the Auto Accident?
For many years it has been the desire of the auto mobile manufacturers to build driver-less cars. Ideas of driver-less vehicles have until recently only been the stuff of science fiction, now as we enter the dawn of a period of time when the driver-less car may become a reality; the question must be asked will they prevent the auto accident?
The technology that has gone some way to add to the concept of driver-less cars might on the face of it have some way to go, simple things like cars accelerator malfunctioning, pedals suddenly accelerating the cars, cruise control features malfunctioning causing fatalities in some auto accidents. The question may not be will the arrival of driver-less cars prevent the auto accident, but when the accidents do happen who will be responsible?
Responsibility may well lay with the manufacturers if drivers are now not going to be responsible for the vehicles the fact is though, injured parties are still going to need legal representation just as they do now to make their claims for compensation. Companies like Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) who currently have many partners and are able to guide each victim of an auto accident through the process of claiming accident compensation. Their position as a world class leading company will only be consolidated further.
Accurate figures for fatalities and injuries are difficult to gauge due to the fact that figures reported are like ice bergs we are only seeing the tip. Around 200,000 injuries and fatalities are reported each year on the roads in the UK. It is estimated that there could be as many as 730,000 accidents occurring each year with most having unreported injuries. If driver-less cars could go some way to reducing the number of people injured that would be a tremendous step forward.
A high percentage of vehicle accidents involve human error, which would imply if we could remove the human error element perhaps with driver-less cars then we would reduce the number of accidents. One can’t help thinking that the human error would shift to somewhere else in the system and the end of the auto accident may not be a thing of the past entirely.
Much of the London Underground has driver-less trains in all but name. The driver-less tube system is being tested out, trains are ‘driving themselves’ although a driver is present in the cab overseeing proceedings, accidents still happen and fatalities still occur. Perhaps the same story awaits the driver-less car; maybe the control of all of the vehicles from the control centre itself will be under human control? We may not have 730,000 injuries on the road but there will be some and the need for companies like Accident Advice Helpline to help auto accident victims will be needed just as much as they are today.
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Date Published: 24th November 2012