Self-driving cars have made a lot of headlines recently, but unfortunately, not for the best of reasons. Some have been involved in accidents causing the public to be concerned about their overall safety in the midst of roads filled with cars driven by humans.
A new study identified that the technology inside self-driving vehicles must be much safer than human drivers in order for members of the public to trust it. The study was published in the journal Risk Analysis and found that despite the many benefits or even conveniences presented by self-driving vehicles, recent crashes including this autonomous technology have the public wondering if they’ll really be able to sit back and relax during a road trip.
People’s demand for safety increases to a very high level when it is officially entrusted to an external factor, so they are much less likely to trust an autonomous vehicle if they have the same risk level as human driven crashes, which lead to serious injuries and fatalities in states all across the country. Human error is expected to be the cause behind 94% of traffic accidents in the United States, and the purpose of self-driving vehicles was to improve road safety and reduce car crashes.
However, autonomous vehicles carry their own set of risks, making a self-driving vehicle that appears to be perfectly safe, economically or technologically infeasible. The current risk, around the world, of dying in a vehicle accident is 17.4 for every 100,000 people. That rate is 350 times greater than what the study’s participants found acceptable for self-driving vehicles. The researchers suggested that self-driving vehicle risks are distinguished by three criteria; tolerable, unacceptable and broadly acceptable. If you have been involved in an accident of any type and believe that you have grounds to pursue a lawsuit against the responsible party, you should schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.