Driverless vehicles are the automobile of the future. A lot of time and money is going into making these vehicles safe for the roads. The idea is that they will soon be the norm, which hopefully, will help to make roads safer. However, currently, you will not see many on Wisconsin roads because there are still a lot of kinks to work out, but we can learn a lot from issues that come up. The Tesla autopilot crash, according to Forbes, while a serious incident is also a teaching moment that will help to better shape the autonomous cars moving forward.
One of the first takeaways is about the technology. It has to be working properly to be effective. If there is an unknown error, such as with a sensor, then it puts the vehicle at risk of crashing. Furthermore, drivers of autonomous cars must understand the limitations of the technology and recognize signs that it may not be working properly so they can take over the controls when needed.
In that same vein, driver knowledge of how to use the vehicle and his or her familiarity with the vehicle are key. If a driver is unfamiliar, he or she may not understand the limitations of the vehicle. However, on the flip side, if a driver gets too comfortable with the technology, he or she may not pay attention and may end up becoming too reliant so that if there is a moment when he or she must step in, it would go unrecognized. This information is for education and is not legal advice.