The government provided some insight last week on how it believes driverless cars should be covered under insurance policies, taking the stance that manufacturers will be held responsible for accidents caused by driverless vehicles.
This and other moves by the UK government to prepare for driverless cars shows just how soon they could be on our roads.
Some may be wary of this brave new world, but there are several reasons why it will be beneficial for the public at large, alongside one potentially huge problem, as we outline in the following pages.
You may not want to admit it but driverless cars will be a lot safer than human-controlled cars.
Computers have far quicker reactions, enabling them to stop more suddenly if something happens. See the YouTube video below in which a Tesla on autopilot avoids a crash while travelling at almost 45mph in the rain.
Secondly, driverless cars don’t lose concentration if the kids are screaming or the phone needs answering, and they don’t drink, do drugs or engage in adult activities.
As such, they have the potential to dramatically reduce the number of fatalities on our roads.
Of course, there’s always the risk that a driverless car could go out of control and cause an accident, which may hinder mainstream acceptance. But really, given how many accidents humans cause, such incidents shouldn’t affect the use of driverless cars. Sadly human beings are often anything but rational.
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