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Driverless Cars are Coming in the Not So Distant Future

Automotive technology has certainly come a long way in the last decade with fuel-efficiency, Bluetooth capability, rearview cameras, blind-spot sensors, and now, driverless cars. 

Yes, driverless cars exist and are being programmed to master and navigate city streets. Google has programmed the car to recognize stop signs, cyclists and pedestrians. Google recently revealed its prototype to the public. 

Of course, the cars do not have the capability to recognize human gestures, or know how to drive in inclement weather- yet. Google has programs the cars to drive defensively and safely. 

What are the benefits of a driverless car? If the technology is perfected and regulated, driverless cars could benefit seniors and people with disabilities. 

On the passenger side of the prototype there is a button that the passenger would press to start and stop the ride.  The passenger can program the route or use voice controls. 

These driverless vehicles are created with sensors and rooftop cameras to allow the car to react accordingly and analyze other drivers’ behaviour. 

Those who back driverless cars, are in favour of the technology because it is meant to counter distracted driving, impaired driving and careless driving. Of course there are many legal concerns, and concerns about software and technology malfunctions. 

It is well known that despite Ontario’s ban on distracted driving, many drivers continue to use handheld devices and to text and drive. A great deal of traffic collisions and traffic fatalities can be attributed to distracted driving. 

Google hopes to have the technology made publically available in 2017. 

Something to consider is how driverless cars will affect insurance rates, insurability and affect legal claims with respect to personal injury cases. 

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident, you may want to consider contacting a personal injury lawyer. 

People may not be aware of their rights or obligations and may feel overwhelmed about the legal process. Personal injury litigation is complex and Paciocco & Mellow is a Windsor Personal Injury Firm that represents many persons who have been injured as a result of automobile accidents, slip and fall injuries and other types of personal injuries. 

We understand that you may feel overwhelmed as a result of your accident and during the legal process and we strive to provide the best service possible and to help our clients in any way that we can, be it a referral to a specialist, rehabilitation provider, help securing a litigation loan or providing reassurance. 

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow aims to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time. Contact the Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673). We can provide you with a free, no obligation initial consultation.