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What we all need to know about autonomous vehicles

Self-driving cars are the future. In fact, there are many self-driving cars already in the testing phase. The race to be the company to accomplish the feat of releasing the first self-driving car is in full swing, with several major players working hard to be the leader in this field. For some, the technology behind this concept is exciting, but for many, it causes grave concerns and raises important questions. 

How will autonomous vehicles regulate their own behavior? How will the vehicle decide which is the best option when faced with a sudden hazard? These are just some of the many questions that people want answered. Consumer safety should always be a priority, but how will manufacturers decide what is the best choice?

Tough answers to tough questions

As autonomous technology begins to have a significant influence over the auto industry, you may be wondering what this means for your safety as a Jacksonville driver. Some have concerns over how a self-driving car will react when faced with a very difficult, spur-of-the-moment issue. Some of the important factors to consider include the following:

  • Will a self-driving car protect the safety of its passengers over all else?
  • Do consumers prefer a car that will protect their safety above all, even if it means putting others at risk?
  • What will happen when this technology will have to make a decision choosing the safety of one person or group above another?

The question of autonomous vehicles and moral scruples is interesting. A recent study found that people say they would prefer these vehicles to protect the greater good over the interests of an individual, but many also admitted that they would likely not buy an autonomous car programmed with those instructions.

At this time, there is not a lot of regulation or policy in place regarding driverless technology. Hopefully, this lack of supervision and regulation will not result in a threat to the safety of Florida drivers.

Protecting your rights

This brand new technology raises many important legal questions regarding liability and responsibility for accidents. There are no precedents set for this, but a person always has the right to protect his or her interests in the event of an accident.

If you believe that an auto manufacturer or another driver is to blame for your pain and suffering, you do not have suffer alone. Rather, you can pursue a full and fair recovery, taking the appropriate steps to ensure that the liable parties are accountable.

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