Google has always been open about the developments in their self-driving cars. The latest from the tech giant is that some of their self-driving cars were involved in 11 minor accidents over a six year period. The director of Google's self-driving car program described all 11 accidents as minor. No one was injured and damage was light. Even though Google’s self-driving cars were involved in 11 accidents, that’s actually not bad. Google also stated that the total combined distance the self-driving cars covered was over 1.7 million miles! That’s a lot of driving. With that said, it’s never good for a car to be in an accident, even a minor one. Hopefully Google will continue to improve its driving and safety features in their self-driving cars.
Meanwhile, in a Kentucky fatal crash data analysis conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, covering years 2009-2013, it was found that the total fatalities in 2013, which was 638, declined by 15.4%. This was compared to the average for the previous four years, which was 754. Breaking down the data, there were 791 motor vehicle fatalities in Kentucky in 2009, 760 in 2010, 720 in 2011, 746 in 2012 and 638 in 2013. When you add all those up, we get a total of 3,655 fatalities within five years. That is too many. Fortunately, manufactures are working hard to develop technology that will help make driving cars safer.
Technology in cars
With the introduction of the autonomous car trend, we can see how manufacturers use technology to make roads safer for everyone. Apart from these self-driving cars, safety features have been developed and are continuously being improved by manufacturers. These features are worth looking into when you’re upgrading your car or purchasing a new car for the family.
Now, what features are available and how do they make you and your loved ones safer? One feature that is available is the adaptive cruise control. With the help of this feature, a safe distance is maintained between you and the car ahead of you. This also allows your car system to slow down in traffic. The more advanced systems even help you stay within the lane markings.
Another available feature is the side view assist. This helps your car detect when a vehicle is in your blind spot and alerts you of the vehicle. Another safety feature is adaptive headlights. This technology lets you see better as you go around a curve.
These are just a few safety features that come in new cars. There are more. These features help keep you and your family safe by helping the driver avoid accidents. However, we can’t rely on this technology alone. We also have to be responsible drivers. For example, make sure to use cruise control on dry roads. You want to avoid using cruise control on wet roads because if something unexpected occurs in front of you, you may not have enough time to react. That could cause an accident. As the driver, you always need to look in your mirrors and check your blind spots the best that you can before you change lanes, even if you have technology that detects blind spots for you. There may be something in your way that the blind spot detection system missed. It never hurts to double check.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I’m all for technology that will keep everyone safe on the roads. Not all technology is bad. We just need to be responsible in how we use it. As far as self-driving cars go, many may not see how self-driving cars will benefit us. In fact, self-driving cars may scare some drivers. That’s understandable. It’s a new technology. For the meantime, let’s continue to practice safe driving habits to help protect us while driving.