Can Computers Stop Car Accidents?

Did you know that almost 40% of all fatal car accidents involve alcohol?

What if technology allowed humans to remove alcohol from the equation by creating cars that drive themselves?

Did you know that by the end of this decade driverless cars may be a reality here in Connecticut and around the world?

Auto companies are already testing technology systems that warn drivers in advance of road hazards, that adjust cruise control when one gets too close to the car in front, that allow drivers to see better at night, and that warn drivers when they are drifting in their lane on the highway and more.

Driverless cars could become a commuter’s dream too.  The technology will exist that will allow onboard computers to avoid congested areas on the highway while adjusting the speeds of every car on the road allowing for smoother movement – with fewer stops and starts – thus reducing commuting time – and car accidents.

Are there obstacles to be overcome before you will be riding in your driverless car?

Yes.  Here are just a few:

  • Significant liability issues for automakers if these vehicles cause car accidents.
  • Concerns about terrorists hacking into the systems.
  • Privacy concerns.  Cars that have the ability to navigate without human help will also be cars that can be tracked.

So – what will your driverless car cost the family?  Estimates start at $100,000 and go up from there.

Will these cars ever really become a reality? Remember, there were once predictions that we’d all be driving flying cars. It seemed like a fantasy at the time. Turns out it was.

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