Do you think you could drive as well as a robot? Well, with technological trends pointing to cars driving themselves before long this test may be taken sooner than later.
It is hoped that a self-driving car will be safer than a human at the controls as a machine does not get tired, distracted or drunk. After all, can human drivers compare to 360 degree monitoring and almost immediate reaction times? However robots aren’t perfect, there are still likely to be some form of road accidents and people will inevitably still make road accident claims.
Figures from July to September 2013 recently released by the Department of Transport found that there were over 184,000 (reported) road casualties of all severities which in fact is down from the previous figures. Sadly however nearly 16,000 of these casualties were children, and motor vehicle traffic has risen on the whole.
It is figures such as these which it is hoped that self-driving cars will improve and fall well below in comparison to a human operated vehicle, portraying a safer network of British roads.
Settling claims when robots are involved may be quicker than dealing with humans. Often if two cars get into a collision drivers will have conflicting memories or opinions about who is at fault, as a result settling can be tricky. Self-driving cars however will have the ability to record the journey taken and therefore be able to recall how the accident happened using their photographic memories providing instant evidence of the party at fault. Problem solved!
But can you really expect a passenger in a self-driving car to pay compensation when they weren’t actually at fault? Of course not. This is where the manufacturer would get involved. If a technical glitch occurs which causes a crash then only the automobile manufacturer can be to blame; there is a malfunction so that the car does not act how expected when purchased.
This chance crash within self-driving cars does seem rare however. Google are currently creating and researching their own self-driving cars and so far have logged 300,000 miles without any crashes caused by these automated vehicles. A person did drive into the back of one however at a set of traffic lights but that was a human fault so we won’t count that!
With self-driving cars expected to be hitting our roads in around 3 years’ time these issues may appear sooner than you may think. For the mean time though, if you are looking for more information on road accident claims in Cardiff or surrounding areas give Nigel Jones’ solicitor firm – JMD Law.