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Self driving car technology likely to become more common

Each year in the U.S., millions of people die or suffer serious injury in car accidents.
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    February 08, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Each year in the U.S., millions of people die or suffer serious injury in car accidents. Although these accidents are caused by a variety of factors, the vast majority of accidents are caused not by failures in technology, but rather by mistakes or errors in judgment by human beings. While experts have long sought ways to make automobiles safe in the event of an accident, some have begun to believe that the best way to improve safety is to remove human beings from the equation. Indeed, it may well be that self driving cars may be the key to preventing serious car accidents and, according to one study, sales of self driving vehicles are likely to skyrocket in coming decades.

Consulting group IHS Automotive recently published a report entitled, "Emerging Technologies: Autonomous Cars -- Not If, But When." The authors of the report estimate that self driving vehicles will account for roughly half of all automobile sales in North America by 2035. The authors also believe that nearly every vehicle sold will have a self driving mode by 2050.

This may seem far-fetched, but technology necessary for these sorts of vehicles is already under development. In fact, automaker Nissan recently announced that it plans to have its first self driving vehicle available to consumers by 2020. The first self driving models will require human intervention in some instances, but experts believe that fully automated cars will be available for purchase by 2030.

As the number of autonomous vehicles on our nation's highways grows, experts believe that the number of accidents, injuries and deaths will steadily decline. In addition, the introduction of self driving cars is also likely to reduce the incidence of air pollution and severe traffic congestion.

Of course, automakers still have serious challenges ahead if they wish to make self driving vehicles available to the general public. For example, further improvements to both software and hardware may be needed before these vehicles are a viable option for everyday driving. It remains to be seen, too, whether the inclusion of these technologies will cause cost increases likely to keep these vehicles out of the hands of most drivers. Nevertheless, despite the difficulties ahead, many are optimistic that this technology will make our roads significantly safer.

If you have been injured in a car accident, talk to a personal injury lawyer, who can explain your legal options and help you decide how best to proceed. For more information, call an attorney today.

Article provided by Henness & Haight, Injury Attorneys
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