Government laws on traffic regulations are adapting to the new technological developments. The government was prepared to put safety requirements on cars and planes. Some still thinks that communications technology still needs to be improved to a safe degree. When self-driving cars went out in the market, some pedestrian advocates are not happy with having these cars on the road.
How do most Americans feel about self-driving cars?
A nationwide poll was conducted about how US residents view self-driving cars. The poll showed that half of the residents of the US believed that self-driving cars are more dangerous than cars driven by people. Despite knowing that these cars have cameras, onboard computers and global positioning system software, people are still confident in cars driven by people. Almost two-thirds of the respondents said that they would not consider an autonomous vehicle.
Have there been any injuries or deaths caused by self-driving cars?
There are two known incidents when self-driving cars caused the death of two passengers. A California manufacturer was investigated when the self-driving car collided with a tractor trailer in front of it. The tractor-trailer was too bright and was not identified by the onboard computer. The collision caused the death of the man in the car.
A ride sharing company in Arizona used a self-driving car. A woman who was walking on the road was hit by the self-driving car.
What should pedestrians do if they are struck by a self-driving car?
In this situation, the car may not immediately stop after a collision. It is important to ensure physical safety as soon as possible. Have yourself checked by a licensed physician. Ask help from a lawyer on how to deal with this case.