Are self-driving cars safe on roads with human-driven cars?

Sharing the road with human-driven cars may pose a special challenge for autonomous cars when trying to remain safe and accident-free.

New York residents may well accept that motor vehicle accidents are a fact of life but that does not mean they like this reality. The loss of life due to incidents that may be preventable should never be acceptable.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has indicated that more than 90 percent of crashes identified as serious are influenced in some way by human error. Knowing this, it makes good sense that automotive manufacturers and technology companies pursue the development of fully autonomous vehicles. Removing the human from the act of driving theoretically may improve safety.

Sharing the road could be an issue

CNBC reported on a crash in which a human-driven car turned into an autonomous vehicle. After this happened, the ridesharing company that managed the autonomous vehicle actually put a hold on programs designed to test these cars in multiple cities.

The fact remains that even if autonomous vehicles start taking to the road in greater numbers, human-driven vehicles will not immediately disappear. As these two types of cars need to be able to safely share the road , the human element will continue to have the chance to influence and even cause accidents.

Drivers may not want autonomous cars

Another concern in the push to get self-driving cars on the roads is consumer adoption of these vehicles. A Gartner poll conducted in Germany and the United States showed a high level of hesitation among drivers to ride in a self-driving vehicle.

Similarly, the 2017 J.D. Power Tech Choice Study showed a drop in consumer confidence over the prior year in autonomous vehicle technology across all but one age group.

Drivers may want autonomous features

Just because consumers are not clamoring to ride in fully self-driving cars does not mean they are completely rejecting the technology. There is great interest in specific features designed specifically to prevent accidents or otherwise improve safety while maintaining human control over the vehicle. Forward collision warnings, camera mirrors and other technologies are things that not only do drivers say they want but that they would pay for to help improve safety.

Post-crash compensation and help a priority

New York residents may continue to struggle with challenges associated with car crashes for some time to come. Among these challenges can be ensuring one's rights are properly respected and addressed. Talking to an attorney after a wreck is recommended as a way of having an advocate to help seek proper compensation.