According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94% of car crashes in the U.S. described as “serious” can be attributed to human error. In fact, in 2018 over 36,560 individuals lost their lives in car crashes in the U.S. Perhaps that is why so many vehicle designers are developing ways to make their vehicles more autonomous.

How are vehicles being made more autonomous?

There are a variety of partially automated safety features found in many newer vehicles in Ohio these days. Some of these features include lane assist features, adaptive cruise control, traffic congestion assist and self-park features. Note, this list is not all-exhaustive. There are many types of partially automated safety features in newer vehicles.

Are self-driving vehicles dangerous?

We may have heard stories about “self-driving” vehicles being involved in crashes. However, according to the NHTSA there are not any vehicles in the U.S. as of right now that are totally “self-driving.” All vehicles on U.S. roads require a driver’s full attention at all times. While some automated safety features exist, there are currently not any vehicles on U.S. roads that are fully automated.

Liability will be an issue with fully autonomous vehicles

Once fully autonomous vehicles are on the road, it will only be a matter of time for an accident involving one to occur. When this happens, issues of liability will come up. Who will be responsible for the crash? The occupants of the vehicle? The vehicle’s manufacturer or designer? These are questions that have yet to be answered. Time will tell how quickly fully autonomous vehicles will appear on U.S. roads, if ever, and what will happen when one is inevitably is involved in a car accident.