Self-Driving Cars Might Solve Distracted Driving Problem

Mar 2, 2012 Posted by in Motor Vehicle Accidents and Safety

Distracted driving has become a growing problem across the country.  Nearly half of 1,000 drivers ages 18 to 24 who were interviewed by FindLaw.com admitted that they had texted or sent emails from their cell phones will driving.  However, US automakers are now trying to make distracted driving an issue of the past. 

You can’t buy them yet, but in a few years driverless cars might be on the streets.  General Motors is working with the Segway company to develop a two-wheeled, two-seat electric vehicle that would run autonomously and avoid collisions by communicating with other vehicles.    Other major automakers are also exploring the idea of developing self-driving vehicles.  In the meantime, most carmakers are beginning to roll out semi-autonomous features like parking assistance, lane departure warning systems, and adaptive cruise control. 

Even Google is getting in on the action.  The company has already developed an autonomous car and tested it on the Pacific Coast Highway.  Google claims that their car has never been involved in an accident while in self-driving mode.  The vehicle navigates using video cameras, radar sensors, a laser range-finder, and detailed maps.

Whether to allow self-driving vehicles to share the roads must be decided by lawmakers.  Nevada has already passed a law directing a state agency to develop regulations for these vehicles.  The regulations would allow any company developing an autonomous vehicle to get authorization from the Nevada DMV to test it on a public road.  

Several other states- Hawaii, Oklahoma, Florida, and Arizona- have also introduced bills to follow Nevada’s lead.  In Florida, Representative Jeff Brandes has been a big advocate of self-driving vehicles.  He says that self-driving vehicles may increase safety on Florida roadways. 

In the meantime, vehicles will continue to be operated by drivers, many of whom are distracted by cell phones.  If you have been injured by a distracted driver or a person who was texting while driving, you need an experienced South Florida car accident attorney

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