Florida drivers who are awaiting autonomous vehicles may be interested to learn that, according to a computer professor, the way these vehicles are programmed may not be safe. The problem potentially lies in the fact that the programs have human teachers. As a result, the cars are essentially learning how to drive like humans.
The professor discussed a fatal accident with a pedestrian that involved an autonomous vehicle in Arizona on March 18. A video that was being taken of the vehicle showed that a pedestrian was in the process of crossing the road outside of the crosswalk after dark. Although vehicle had its lights on and there were streetlights, the vehicle failed to detect the pedestrian. As a result, it continued as a human driver would if he or she did not detect anyone in the road, and the vehicle ended up striking the pedestrian.
Although fatal car accidents caused by humans are tragic, they are a common occurrence. However, the professor noted that a crash caused by an autonomous vehicle could result in a shutdown of the autonomous vehicle industry. Safety will always be considered an issue as long as the focus remains on providing passengers with a human-like driving experience and not safety.
Car accidents can result in life-changing injuries, even if a crash appeared to be minor at first. Depending on the severity of the accident , a person could suffer a traumatic brain injury, broken bones and internal damage. While the driver who caused the crash is often held liable, an injured person may also potentially be able to hold the manufacturer of the vehicle liable if vehicle’s autonomous technology was being used. A personal injury attorney may assist with filing the claim against the liable driver and the vehicle manufacturer in order to seek compensation for the damages.