In California, several companies are trying out self-driving cars to see how these do on the roads. During this time, however, public confidence has waned about the future of autonomous technology and the possible benefits it could hold.
Regulators are still unsure of what it will look like when autonomous cars are part of the general driving fleet, since so many people are fearful of what this means for accidents.
Although self-driving technology has been touted as the wave of the future for reducing the vast number of vehicle accidents caused by human error, self-driving car crashes have made the news on numerous occasions. A new report put together by Allianz Global Assistance shows that just over half of Americans believe that they are confident enough in autonomous driving options to trade in their traditional vehicles for a self-driving one. Partly as a result of low public support, companies like General Motors have put their plans on hold to test autonomous vehicles or to develop them in mass numbers.
Numerous companies are currently testing autonomous vehicle technology including Google, GM and more. Google’s Waymo initiative and GM’s Cruise Division in California have been linked to accidents. For example, Waymo vehicles have been connected to 32 different vehicle accidents all reported to the DMV all across Mountain View, that is 41% of the autonomous trial fleet managed by Google.
Of the autonomous accidents reported to the San Francisco DMV, GM Cruise cars accounted for 52 of the 61 accidents. If you have recently been involved in an accident with a self-driving car or with a car driven by a human engaged in dangerous activities or negligent behavior, you could have grounds to pursue compensation under California’s personal injury laws and a consultation with an attorney should be explored immediately.