Self-Driving Cars: Convenient or Risky?

Jan 17, 2020
  • With the new decade upon us, technology is making more strides than ever before. Especially with automobiles, a new trend is emerging: self-driving cars. Companies like Tesla are reimagining what transportation can look like for individuals. While many people think of the convenience that comes with self-driving cars, a lot of questions remain regarding the safety of the technology.

    Feasibility of Self-Driving Technology

    While fully self-driving cars are still a long way away, it’s important to think about the safety of the technology. Car accidents involving a Tesla that was in self-driving mode have occurred, and rideshare company Uber has experienced issues with its self-driving cars. Many of the complaints about the technology stem from the idea that the technology used by these types of vehicles, doesn’t keep the driver of the vehicle engaged enough to take over in an emergency.

    Who’s at Fault?

    Another big question is on liability in car accidents. Today, individuals carry insurance that can go up or down depending on their driving history among other factors. With self-driving cars, it remains to be seen who can be held liable in the event of an incident. Can the individual who was hurt bring a claim against the auto manufacturer? The technology company that developed the software?

    Where We Go from Here

    While improvements to automobile technology continue, it is important to think about all potential benefits and risks that come with having a self-driving car. This development of technology could reshape the automobile and insurance industries for years to come.

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