The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about the continuing evolution of automotive safety technology. Automated Driving Systems (ADS) are already being tested and integrated in some motor vehicles across the country. These safety technologies include systems that help drivers avoid drifting into adjacent lanes or warning drivers of vehicles behind them prior to backing up. The NHTSA expects to see additional automated safety technologies on the automotive landscape over the next few years, and potentially the reality of fully self-driving cars one day.
The Levels of Driver Assistance Technology Advancements
- No Automation: The driver does all the driving tasks.
- Driver Assistance: The driver controls vehicle, but some driving assist features may be included in the vehicle design.
- Partial Automation: Vehicle has combined automated functions, like acceleration and steering, but the driver must remain engaged with the task of driving and monitor the environment at all times.
- Conditional Automation: Driver is a necessity, but it is not required to monitor the environment. The driver must be ready to take control of the vehicle at all times with notice.
- High Automation: The vehicle is capable of performing all driving functions under certain conditions. The driver may have the option to control the vehicle.
- Full Automation: The vehicle is capable of performing all driving functions under all conditions. The driver may have the option to control the vehicle.
Improving Safety Through Automated Driving Systems
According to the NHTSA, 94 percent of serious crashes are due to human error. Automated driving systems have the potential to reduce the chances of human error being a factor in injury causing and fatal crashes. In 2015, 35,092 people were killed in car crashes on U.S. roadways, and most of those crashes involved some type of human error factor. Automated driving systems may also have the potential to improve safety for other roadway users like cyclists and pedestrians too.
Roadway Safety Importance
While fully automated self-driving cars are still a ways off, motorists in California and all over the nation are reminded to engage in safe behaviors behind the wheel. After any type of car accident caused by the dangerous actions of another driver, it’s important to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. If you have been injured in a car accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS.