Cars have become pretty high-tech.
Now it seems like soon, we’re not even going to need a person to drive the car!
Researchers are developing “driverless cars.” The “driverless car” systems that are being tested are the vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems. These will enable vehicles to talk to one another to avoid car accidents in Charlotte and elsewhere. These cars will be able to detect other cars, street lights, traffic signs and road hazards.
According to CNN Money, Consumer Reports magazine recently announced its support for the V2V technology. The magazine purports that this kind of technology has the ability to save thousands of lives on our roadways every year.
Our Charlotte car accident attorneys recognize that this kind of technology is on the fast track to reality. Vehicles nowadays are equipped with more and more technologies that have no need for driver interference. There are a number of new warning systems that alert drivers about potential problems before they have the chance to see them. Some of these cars even react to these problems if the driver doesn’t. As these technologies make their way into our vehicles little by little, we feel it’s important to point out that technology can be flawed and there is nothing better than safe and cautious driving habits. We continuously preach to residents to exercise safer driving habits. It may be more important now than ever. Drivers should not leave the responsibility of driving to the computers in their vehicles.
We already have a ton of safety technologies in cars nowadays. Just think about it. There is autonomous steering installed in some Infinity vehicles, which allows the car to recognize drifting movements and can nudge your car back into the center of the road. We have pedestrian detection devices on a number of cars that checks for walkers even when you’re not. These cars can slam on the brakes if a pedestrian is detected in your pathway.
There are a number of vehicles, especially SUVs that come equipped with electronic stability control, which is a technology that helps drivers to stop their vehicle from skidding during abrupt maneuvers. There are even some cars that have technologies that will slam on the brakes for you if it senses that the vehicle is about to experience a collision.
As these technologies sneak into cars one at a time, it’s only a matter of time before we’re riding in completely “driverless cars.” With the technology being used to design the V2V cars, vehicles will talk to other cars and identify dangers along our roadways to avoid collisions. Automakers have been working on this technology for years now. As a matter of fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is ruling next year on moving forward with research into the technology.
Some experts believe that this kind of technology could help to reduce the risks of car accidents by as much as 80 percent.
If you or someone who is close to you has been injured or killed in a car accident in Charlotte or elsewhere in North Carolina, contact the personal injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices P.A. for a free initial consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak with an experienced attorney today.
Consumer Reports supports cars of the future, by Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN Money
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