Driverless Technology to Reduce Accident Rates by 90 Percent

A recent news report concerning the analysis of the effects of driverless cars with consideration to the incidence of the fatalities on the road contends the lack of human errors from the road makes for the overall reduction of accident deaths by at 90 percent.

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That would mean at least 300,000 lives could be saved each year in the United States alone that in turn saves about 190 billion a year in healthcare. Us Consulting firm, McKinsey & Company claims by the year 2050, the causes of vehicle crashes in America will fall from second to ninth place as concerns their lethality on accident types.

Increasingly Popular Driverless Tech Features

Clearly, the growing range of autonomous safety features within new vehicles has helped reduce the number of road accidents on the overall during the past few years.

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Information from the society of motor manufacturers and traders has revealed that at least 66.8% of the new vehicles sold have at least one driverless safety feature that is either offered as a standard offering or an optional extra feature. Some of these features include lane departure sensors, parking assists, and overtaking sensors. Advancing technology on autonomous driving is being driven by competing brands to come up with the first fully autonomous car by 2020.

Clearly, this is a gradual trend which has allowed the market to have a taste of autonomous tools within new vehicles being released. Apparently, more than 42 percent of new vehicles have the option of being specced with overtaking sensors and autonomous emergency braking. Auto Express claims that more than a million of the total 2.5 million new vehicles being sold in 2017 featured collision warning systems and a quarter of that had driverless braking.

Parking assist technologies are also being utilized as about 6 in 10 2017 offerings come available with parking assist that utilizes a combination of sensors and cameras which assist the driver to maneuver into tight spaces. It would seem that brands are slowly but surely getting the public used to driverless technology to a point they will soon be dependent on some of these conveniences by the time the full package of autonomous level 5 technology hits the market.

It will also not come as such a shock when the driverless vehicle era finally becomes a reality. The question is how driverless technology will translate to improved safety on the roads.

Driverless Technology and Safety

For one, driverless technology has always been equated to safety because machines and mistakes are apparently not in the same sentence. In 2017 May, there as a report that stated four out of 48 driverless vehicles in California had been in accidents over the previous 6 months. One in 12 might seem like frightening statistics but it even during the incidences, the fault was attributed to human error rather than the cars themselves.

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The machining process itself will have a defining factor in the reduction of common errors that people make all the time. The ratio of driverless to the more traditional modes, of course, will vary and tip to the former as the year’s progress but this should make the roads increasingly safer by the year. Of course, they do not protect from the chronic diseases that manifest due to inactivity but then again, that is not their table.