Distracted drivers put everyone around them at risk on the streets and sidewalks of New York. Although legislators have attempted to address the issue through stiffer penalties, traffic collisions, injuries and fatalities from inattentive motorists continue to occur. Auto manufacturers have also acknowledged the problem, and it may be that eventually, self-driving functions they are including on vehicles may eliminate this issue.
Updates to vehicle computer software may soon take drivers across freeway traffic smoothly with the flick of a switch. This function comes in part through advances in navigational devices, which identify the interchanges drivers need to reach their destinations.
While some advances are intended to free the driver from responsibilities associated with being behind the wheel, Tesla has added a feature that requires more interaction. The company’s vehicles currently include Autopilot, but still require driver input. Failing to respond to vehicle commands will trigger a system that reduces the vehicle’s speed. If a medical emergency has impaired the driver, this feature may prevent a fatal crash. Although the vehicle comes back to life after the driver’s hands are on the steering wheel, the vehicle must be put in Park before the self-driving feature is available again.
Traffic accidents cause thousands of fatalities every year, and those who have been injured or lost a loved one may find their lives forever changed. An attorney who is familiar with state and federal laws regarding distracted driving and motor vehicle crashes may be able to help victims recover the compensation to which they are entitled by law.
Source: MSN.com, “Tesla is updating Autopilot to stop inattentive drivers,” Danny King, Aug. 30, 2016