Self-Driving Uber Gets Into Car Wreck
Autonomous vehicles are still in the testing stages of development. They have not yet entered the market, due to regulation from the federal government. Uber, however, is leading the charge in finding out whether or not self-driving vehicles are safe enough for public roads. There are a few cities where the rideshare company has released fleets of autonomous Uber vehicles. The only way to find out if this technology works is by testing it out on public roads, right?
Well, many people were not surprised to find out that one of the self-driving Uber cars got into an accident. It happened in Pittsburgh, and luckily, nobody was hurt. Just to be clear, the autonomous vehicle still had a driver behind the wheel. The driver basically just sits there while the car does the driving, but can step in at anytime if it seems unsafe. In this particular case, the driver did not step in quick enough. As quickly as this technology seems to be moving, no company is ready to put completely driverless vehicles out onto the roads just yet.
In response to the accident, Uber temporarily suspended the testing program, pulling all self-driving cars off the roads. It makes perfect sense that they would do this. If the accident would have been worse and resulted in someone’s death, this would be a totally different story. Uber would be facing a massive lawsuit and even more scrutiny from safety authorities and the federal government, which would result in further slowing the process of getting this technology out on the market. Uber has to be very careful as they continue to make these new vehicles ready for public roads.
The idea of a driverless vehicle is difficult to wrap your brain around. It is hard to fathom the kind of impact this will have on not just the rideshare industry, or the automobile industry, but the whole of society! If people are no longer responsible behind the wheel, everything we know about driving is going to change, especially in terms of insurance. How will ride share insurance companies determine who is at fault after an accident between two self driving cars? Or, perhaps the question is, will there still be car accidents if every car is a computer? After all, most car wrecks are caused by human error. So, if we take humans out of the equation, maybe car accidents will be a thing of the past. This would change everything about car insurance. Insurance companies will no longer be able to charge people higher premiums due to personal factors like driver history, credit score, marital status, etc.