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Autonomous vehicles face many challenges

The U.S. Department of Transportation has noted that human error plays a role in about 94 percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents around the country, and the figures suggest that even the development of sophisticated electronic automobile safety systems has done little to make the nation's roads safer. However, many technology experts and road safety advocates believe that self-driving cars, which have been tested in California for some time, could one day eliminate accidents caused by human recklessness and negligence entirely.

Several companies have vowed to introduce a fully autonomous vehicle within five years, but industry experts point out that these manufacturers must first overcome a number of thorny issues. New regulations must be developed for self-driving cars, and continuously refining and updating the mapping data used by autonomous vehicles will likely be a major challenge. However, some of the most vociferous opposition to self-driving cars is expected to come from groups that are threatened by them.

There are about 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States, and they fear that autonomous vehicles could soon be doing to the freight hauling industry what ride sharing applications like Uber and Lyft are already doing to taxi operators. Self-driving cars could also cause paradigm shifts in the insurance and legal sectors according to experts. Winning over the public could also prove difficult for autonomous vehicle makers. When Deloitte polled consumers in 22 countries about the issue in 2016, 74 percent of the Americans surveyed said that they did not believe self-driving cars were safe.

Until such time as self-driving cars are common, motor vehicle accidents will continue to happen. A person who has been injured in a collision caused by the negligence or recklessness of another driver might want to meet with an attorney to see what kind of settlement offer the at-fault motorist's insurer might make.

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