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Driverless cars are coming, and safety remains a priority

Driverless cars are a hot topic of conversation, and safety experts continue to express grave concerns over safety issues. People wonder if it is possible for a car without a person inside to safely drive itself, and with several companies vying for supremacy in this area, the answer to this question is more important than ever before.

Safety advocates are requesting that lawmakers establish basic safety rules before major companies begin dramatically expanding testing of their various driverless cars. These vehicles will be on the road soon, and every Florida driver has the right to know that they are safe when sharing Miami roads with a driverless car.

What should lawmakers do?

Driverless technology is rapidly expanding and growing, and it is the responsibility of lawmakers to put certain regulations in place now in order to avoid problems and unnecessary accidents in the future. The men and women in leadership positions can do this with the following measures:

  • Limit the number of driverless vehicles to be tested on the road at any one time
  • Have steps in place to certify the safety of these vehicles before they test in public places
  • Initiate federal regulations regarding driverless vehicles in order to eliminate problems caused by discrepancies in laws that vary from state to state

In 2016 in the United States, there were over 40,000 accident-related deaths. Proponents of this type of technology hope that driverless cars will reduce this number, as well as the number of injuries that happen due to vehicle accidents every year.

Lawmakers in both the House and the Senate are currently working on a legislative solution to these safety concerns, but time is of the essence. A general consensus regarding the safety requirements of these types of cars would hopefully translate to fewer accidents during testing and better protection for innocent motorists.

The race to driverless cars

Major U.S. companies, including Apple, Ford Motor Company and others, are all competing to gain the edge on the future market for driverless cars. Congress is currently debating bills that would allow for the current expansion of testing, but other experts hope that safety requirements will be in place before permitting further testing.

As a driver, this is an important issue for you, as you will almost certainly be sharing the road with a driverless car at some point in the future. You should not face exposure to any unnecessary risks, especially risks related to brand new, unregulated, often controversial technology.

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