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Driverless Cars

If 20 years ago we were discussing the option of driverless cars it would have seemed futuristic and pure fantasy. However, that is exactly where technology has brought us today. Since Google introduced their driverless cars, California, Nevada and Florida have all passed legislation approving the use of such cars being tested. Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers did a feature on Driverless cars back in April 2012, when Google was in the midst of creating a fleet of self-driving cars. USATodayOnline mentioned that the trend of driverless cars is increasing as nine more states have brought driverless car Bills forth to debate. It is assumed that Michigan will be the next state to pass this Bill. Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder stated, (California, Nevada and Florida) are ahead of us, and arent we the automotive capitol of the world? He also stated, So, I think we should be stepping it up here and make sure we are on the forefront of advances in vehicles and opportunity. The USAToday article outlined that this legislation is the first step, as this legislation authorizes companies to test these vehicles on private roads, then public roads. From there the Department of Transportation will create rules for an average individual to own and operate a driverless car when it becomes commercially available. Googles co-founder, Sergey Brin is predicting this car could be commercially available by 2017. According to an article in the GlobeAndMail, Members of the authoritative Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) anticipate that driverless cars will account for up to 75 percent of cars on the road by 2040.

The hope would be that by having driverless cars, they will be able to reduce traffic fatalities and increase mobility and independence for those with disabilities; ultimately providing more opportunities and a safer driving environment for our society. Increased road safety is the goal, as Googles team of researchers have created a communication mechanism between cars, called the V2V system. This V2V system allows for intelligent communication between cars to regulate speeds and distances. Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers believes that it is paramount the focus be on safety with these driverless cars. If these cars can decrease instances of motor vehicle accidents, by eliminating the human error aspect of car accidents, that is the ideal. However, we must be cautious moving forward as we would be relying on a machine to make decisions for us. It appears that a future with driverless cars is closer than we thought!

References:

  1. www.usatoday.com
  2. www.globeandmail.com
  3. http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/how-google-self-driving-car-works

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