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How is autopilot affecting safety on the roadways?

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2023 | Car Accidents |

People who drive Teslas and certain other vehicles may rely on the automatic driving feature. Many assume that this is safe since it’s been tested and approved for use on public roadways. The fact of the matter is that these automatic driving features aren’t perfect. 

The issue of self-driving vehicles is one that’s still fairly new. There are some questions about how safe this feature actually is. Some assume they can activate the feature and then not pay attention to what’s going on. Autopilot programs aren’t advanced enough for that yet. 

What’s the point of an autopilot feature?

An autopilot feature means that the vehicle should remain in the same travel lane at a specific speed. The driver should still maintain control of the vehicle. Crashes between vehicles with an autopilot feature active and another vehicle prove that the object detection system on these vehicles doesn’t provide enough safety to allow drivers to become distracted. 

One particularly troublesome trend is that motorcyclists are being hit by vehicles with autopilot on. The smaller profile of these vehicles makes it harder for humans to see them, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the automatic detection systems might also miss motorcycles sometimes. 

Making sure you get medical care if you suffer an injury in a car crash is crucial. You may choose to seek compensation for the financial damages you’re facing, but you need to consider whom to name as the liable party. This might be the driver, but it could also be a manufacturer if the crash was the result of an issue with the vehicle. Working with someone who’s familiar with these matters can help you to determine what to do. 

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