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Automated Cars and the Future of the Law

By now we can safely say that automated cars are here and only becoming more of a reality with each passing day. Just this year, Google has begun testing automated vehicles on public roads and Tesla has started rolling out automated software to their existing vehicles. In addition, if rumors are true that Apple is working on their own line of cars, you can rest assured that automation will be part of the production model.

While it may be a few years before you and I regularly see an individual riding in the back seat while his car moves along with no driver, it's not too early to think about some of the legal issues, both good and bad, that may arise.

The Pros of Automated Vehicles

As with any emerging technology there are significant pros and cons. Some of the pros with self-driving cars will be a reduction in auto accidents and driving under the influence cases. Obviously, the number of DUI cases that would exist will be drastically reduced once automated vehicles become mainstream consumer purchases.

There should also be a large decrease in rear end collisions and accidents related to driver error or negligence. We have all seen just how poorly others drive, so it is safe to assume that most of the time a vehicle operated through software with unbelievably advanced technology and satellites will provide a safer driving experience for everyone.

Potential Negative Impacts of Automated Vehicles

The flip side to this is that software and satellites will be in charge of your daily transportation. I know that based on the amount of malfunctions my desktop computer experiences, combined with the amount of software updates all of our devices require, there will be malfunctions with the software running automated vehicles. With this tracking software, you will also be giving up any expectation of privacy in that this software will be tracking your every move, and the manufacturers will claim it is absolutely necessary to do so to ensure the vehicle works properly.

Without question, there will be auto accidents due to glitches in the software and these accidents will result in personal injuries. The law is still clouded as to who would be responsible for said injuries. Is it the car manufacturer, the software developer, the software technician or your own automobile insurance company? I can’t imagine your insurance company is going to roll over and pay for a claim that was caused by computer error, not driver negligence.

Help for an Automobile Accident in Memphis, Tennessee

These will be the questions to be answered in the near future. Check back often for updates as they become available. In the meantime, if you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, please contact one of the experienced attorneys at The Chiozza Law Firm at 901-526-9494 for a free consultation or contact us online.

Posted by Brian Chiozza at 3:33 PM
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