Are We Ready For Self-Driving Cars in Texas?
It’s arrived! Pittsburgh is the first city to let passengers get in a vehicle (Uber) that drives itself. The hands off approach the city has taken with no public announcements or notifications to emergency services, is allowing for an open testing ground for Uber and a global watch zone for other tech companies wanting to test this too. But what about safety risks? Uber claims the city will be safe because there would be a human monitor in the Uber test cars. Hmmm…. Really! Just recently on September 26th a self-driving Uber car was spotted turning on a one-way road in the wrong direction. Earlier this year a self-driving Google car hit a public bus while trying to make a right turn in Silicon Valley.
As people are concerned about riding in these vehicles, there is still lots of interest in owning one. In addition, giving up control is difficult, and some people just like driving. We think the key is introducing the technology in small steps and proving what the cars can do for the public in regards to safety and convenience. For now, Pittsburgh will be watched globally as the blueprint for other cities to transition into this technology.
“There is no technology that is fail-proof and there is no tech that can guarantee there won’t be accidents, but right now there are 3,287 people who die in automobile-related accidents around the world each day, and there has to be a better way,” says the Mayor of Pittsburgh.
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From a liability standpoint, right now if the technology company was at fault for the accident they would accept the liability. If they say their car is safe to be on the road, they better to be ready to stand behind it. That means accepting responsibility for when it messes up and being ready to pay for any damages that result.
So, are we at Brian Loncar Lyon Jenkins ready for self-driving cars? Yes we are!