In the wake of several fatal car accidents that involved autonomous and semiautonomous vehicles, it seems that the fervor and excitement that surrounded this technology has begun to cool. Consumers, however, are still excited about the numerous benefits associated with a world without drivers, but they’re realizing this dream could take some time to finally become a reality.
In the meantime, however, it doesn’t hurt to consider the benefits that fully autonomous vehicles could provide:
Robots and computers can think and respond faster to dangerous circumstances. At this point in time, they might not respond in better ways than a human driver, but in the future, an artificially intelligent car could navigate accident scenarios better than its human counterpart. In addition to these capabilities, there’s also the fact that computer-operated vehicles will never be distracted or drunk, and manufacturers can program them to obey all traffic laws. This will dramatically reduce accidents, injuries and deaths on the road.
Motor vehicles cause an enormous amount of pollution throughout the world. Not only do more fuel-efficient engines and electric vehicles help reduce global pollution, but driving habits also affect the amount of fuel and energy cars consume. With a computer-driven car, scientists estimate that societies with autonomously driven transportation can reduce carbon emissions by 60 percent.
Driverless cars will certainly make riding in cars safer and more environmentally friendly, but even the most advanced computer algorithms will not prevent all accidents and injuries from happening. In the years ahead, as more driverless car accidents happen throughout the United States, it will be interesting to see how the legal system addresses issues relating to driverless vehicle liability following a catastrophic collision.