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Self-Driving Cars Expected to Reach 10 Million by 2020

By: Allan M. Siegel

A new report by Business Insider has found that by 2020, nearly 10 million self-driving cars are expected to be on the road. Self-driving is divided into two different types: semi-autonomous and fully autonomous. A fully autonomous car is one that completely drives the vehicle from a starting point to the rider’s destination while handling all on-road scenarios without any interaction from a driver. These are expected to debut in 2019, as user-operated vehicles, with fully driverless cars not appearing for several years down the road. Semi-autonomous cars are those with features that allow a vehicle to accelerate, brake, and steer a car with limited or no driver interaction. These vehicles are already becoming increasing common on the road, with more cars having such features as braking or parking assistance, or technology that allows them to correct when a driver drifts from their lane on the road.

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Although KPMG estimates that self-driving cars will lead to 2,500 fewer deaths between 2014 and 2030 in the United Kingdom, there are still many hurdles for them to overcome before they become widespread in the United States. There are major questions as to how the vehicles should be regulated as well as how insurance matters would be handled. If a self-driving car malfunctioned and caused an accident, who would be liable for the injuries or damages? This question is one that needs to be at least clarified if not fully resolved before self-driving vehicles become common, as owners of these vehicles, as well as other drivers on the road will need to know who is responsible – whether it is the owner/operator, the car manufacturer, or someone else. Costs of the vehicles will also need to decline before the vehicles become mainstream, as with any new technology, the costs are likely to be prohibitive initially.

Until self-driving cars become common on our road ways, the risk of an automobile collision is still going to largely a result of human action and error. If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of another driver’s careless behavior, please give us a call today for a free consultation.