Every year, technology becomes more advanced. One of the latest technologies to go from science fiction to reality is semi-automated cars.
While the technology for these cars may bring on a revolution of safe driving, the technology is still far off. Here are a few current dangers of semi-automated vehicles:
Users must still be attentive while driving
Many advertisements for semi-automated vehicles led people to believe that these cars could drive themselves without any user input – this was far from true. Many car accidents happen because semi-automated car users put too much trust in their vehicles’ driver-assist features and look away from the road. Semi-automated vehicles are not self-driving. Users still need to be attentive while driving and take control when necessary.
The technology is still new
The idea for semi-automated vehicles is old, but the technology is still very new. In other words, the development of semi-automated vehicles still requires a lot of testing. New models of semi-automated cars may be more accurate and functional than older models. However, issues with programming or development could lead to auto accidents. These issues often can’t be accounted for until after the fact.
For example, a frequent issue that semi-automated cars have is that their sensors often can’t detect pedestrians. This may cause a semi-automated car to collide with a pedestrian if the user doesn’t take control of the vehicle.
Vehicles may not have the latest updates
Most semi-automated vehicles require frequent system updates. These updates help increase firmware to protect against hacking or user errors. Updates may also include better driver-assist and safety features. Vehicles that are not regularly updated may lack safety features. Without these features, a semi-automated vehicle may be more likely to cause an auto accident.
Victims of auto accidents may need to reach out for legal help to discuss their compensation options.