Technology is changing at such a rapid pace that it may seem as though advancements are made every day. The convenience of cell phones, computers, and GPS devices are just a few examples of ordinary items that were once figments of peoples' imaginations a handful of decades ago. And when put into perspective, it is interesting to think what developments are being made today that we, as a society, will incorporate into our lives 20 or 35 years from now.
One such advancement, not yet widely used, is the autonomous car. As a recently published article notes, there are many advantages to employing the use of such technology. This technology may raise questions, however, about liability in the event of an accident.
Advantages of Self-Driving Vehicles
Robert William Kingett, author of the above-referenced article, points out the many benefits to using an autonomous vehicle, both on the individual level and for the public at large. Not only does an autonomous vehicle provide another option for transportation, it could also specifically cater to those with a disability or other health issue.
On a larger scale, entire cities could benefit from the use of such vehicles as an alternative to various forms of paratransit transportation, as the cost to maintain such systems often far outweighs the money coming in from passengers who pay to use it. However, the obstacles that must be overcome in order to take advantage of autonomous cars are numerous.
The state of Illinois would need to first pass a law to allow such cars to be driven on the roadways. This would effectively solve any problems caused by transportation dependence as well as allow states to reap financial benefits. There are undoubtedly many legitimate concerns, however, raised about newly developed driverless cars on the streets. These include safety and functionality, among others.
Google was reportedly responsible for launching the first driverless car in 2011. The Google car uses the same technology employed by other familiar items such as GPS devices and high-speed 360-degree cameras. Additionally, the Google car has proven it can operate safely so far, which could ultimately act to decrease the number of fatalities caused by car accidents in the future. Sensors enable the vehicle to drive within the posted speed limit and maintain a safe distance from other cars. While Illinois is not known to be supportive of the use of these cars yet, several others have passed laws permitting the use of such cars within their state.
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