Self-driving cars are a pretty popular topic, and a divisive one. On one hand, they could allow disabled people to get to where they need to go without public transportation or a private driver. On the other hand, some experts believe that self-driving cars could be dangerous to have on the road with no human to correct the guidance. Toyota and GM have been trying to get more states to allow for testing of these cars so that they can iron out all of the problems, and there are quite a few.
When the technology emerged, the cars needed human intervention about every 5 miles, which completely defeated the purpose. Now, most self-driving cars average 400-600 miles with no human input necessary. Impressive, right? Well, it may not be as impressive as you think. These cars are only tested on highways during perfect weather conditions. There has been little data about testing on city streets or in less-than-perfect weather conditions.
One of the most surprising things about the self-driving cars today is how much GM is pushing to develop one. GM is a large manufacturer of cars, and having a self-driving vehicle seems like a logical step, but right now, it is embroiled in scandal. The auto giant recently recalled a huge number of vehicles for having faulty ignition switches, and has been rightfully bombarded by a plethora of lawsuits as a result.
The defective ignition switch can cause the ignition to turn to the “off” or “accessory” position while the car is being driven. This causes the power brakes, power steering, and even airbags to lose functionality. The deadly combination of a lack of control and loss of airbags has caused serious injuries and many unnecessary deaths. With GM’s loss of reputation over this issue, it’s hard to imagine that its self-driving cars will be well received. One thing is pretty certain though: its self-drivers will be under close scrutiny by regulators.
It’s just not right that people are injured and killed because of defective cars. If you or a loved one was involved in a crash due to a defective product, contact us at the Alexander Law Group, LLP or call 888.777.1776. All calls are free and confidential.