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How do self-driving cars really stack up against humans?

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2019 | Firm News

The idea of cars that can drive themselves seems like something out of a science fiction novel, but self-driving cars are a reality in Kentucky. There have been many different launches of such vehicles with a lot of success but some tragedies. The accidents lead people to wonder if these vehicles are actually safer than a vehicle driven by a human. Forbes explains that the research and studies thus far support that self-driving vehicles do provide a safer experience than a vehicle driven by a human.

Accidents happen every day on the roads. Most of the time, humans are at fault. There have been some self-driving car accidents that people focus in on. The assumption is that a self-driving car should never have an accident, but that is an impossible statistic to live up to due to the many factors at play. For example, even a self-driving car cannot stop fast enough to avoid something or someone who suddenly appears in the roadway. Furthermore, the mechanics of this type of vehicle are the same as one driven by a human, so mechanical failure is always possible.

However, these cars can help greatly reduce the number of accidents and fatalities that occur every day on roads. They will avoid accidents caused by human error. They will stop drunk driving issues. There are many things they will prevent. So, accident rates will drop once they become mainstream.

The bottom line is that self-driving cars are safer overall. While some accidents may still happen with them, there will not be the astounding magnitude of accidents caused by humans that exist now. This information is for education and is not legal advice.