There is no denying that we are a society accustomed to having the newest technology in the palm of our hands. A push for more high-tech, futuristic gadgets is what prompted Tesla to unveil their groundbreaking autopilot feature. While these vehicles have been advertised as the future of accident-free roadways, the recent autopilot fatality may have some wondering just how safe these features are.
Most of us probably did not anticipate autonomous vehicles making their debut on America’s roadways this quickly. However, after a few successful runs, many people, sold on their safety and ability, may be wondering when autopilot equipped vehicles will take over mass transit. While in theory, this idea may be attractive, news of the recent autopilot fatality will likely slow autonomous vehicle sales and the introduction of these vehicles into mass transit.
Concerns over autonomous driving vehicles come on the heels of Tesla’s first autopilot fatality. A 40-year-old Ohio man had the autopilot feature in his Tesla Model S engaged when the vehicle failed to recognize a semi-truck traveling alongside it and collided with its rear. Although there are many questions about whether or not the Tesla owner was distracted at the time of the crash, the incident may raise significant questions on whether or not an autopilot feature is indeed safe.
Although autonomous driving vehicles are meant to keep travelers safe, introducing them into the mass transit system may not be such a good idea. Individuals that have been injured in a mass transit accident, regardless of cause, may benefit by working with an experienced personal injury attorney. With their help, commercial carriers can be held responsible for their negligence and compensation can be awarded to victims.