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Does Self-Driving Automatically Mean Safer?

Self-driving technology has made several leaps forward in the past few years. While the aim of those who make autonomous vehicles is to create a safer and more efficient mode of travel throughout the United States, this new technology is fraught with uncertainty. While human error accounts for most hazards on the road, the technology behind self-driving cars may also be subject to numerous errors – and encourage even more driver distraction.

If you have been injured in an accident involving a self-driving car, you may be entitled to compensation. Insurance companies, however, never want to pay what a claim is really worth. Our Glendale self-driving car accident attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, can find out what went wrong and negotiate to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact our office at (818) 507-4311 for a free consultation.

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The Tech Behind Self-Driving Cars

At this point in time, no vehicle is fully autonomous, or completely self-driving. But in newer vehicles, many systems are in place to act for the driver. The technology used in these self-driving cars is a combination of robotic technology and artificial intelligence machine learning, which works to navigate the road.

The software in self-driving cars uses an array of technology, such as algorithms designed to avoid obstacles, predictive modeling, and other types of tech. However, these “self-driving” cars still require the driver to maintain control of the vehicle.

The basic tech used in self-driving cars include:

  • Cameras. State-of-the-art cameras are designed to read traffic signals, as well as capture images of roadways as a means of navigation. Cameras can also recognize such features as stop signs and speed limit signs.
  • Lidar. A lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) is a spinning device on the roof of a self-driving car that is able to create 3D models of its surroundings. Lidars use high-tech lasers to measure the distance of objects via the speed of light.
  • GPS. In addition to cameras and lidar, GPS systems are used to create general maps for traveling by utilizing satellite signals.
  • Radar. Radar measures the distance, size, and speed of nearby objects by bouncing radio waves off of its surroundings. Radar is especially useful for recognizing other cars on the road.
  • Ultrasonic sensors. These devices locate nearby objects, such as sidewalk curbs, via the use of sound waves.

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Different Types of Self-Driving Cars

In the United States, self-driving cars are split into different categories to indicate how self-sufficient they are:

  • Level 0. This is not a self-driving car. Human drivers have full control over the vehicle.
  • Level 1. This type of car provides driver assistance with steering, accelerating, and braking.
  • Level 2. Human drivers must perform driving tasks and be fully aware of the environment at all times, but the vehicle can accelerate, brake, and take steering control in certain situations.
  • Level 3. The car is capable of performing all driving tasks in certain scenarios. Human drivers must be on high alert and ready to take back control at all times when requested by the automated software.
  • Level 4. All aspects of the vehicle are fully autonomous under certain conditions and may or may not offer the driver the option to control the car.
  • Level 5. All vehicle systems are fully autonomous at all times. The car may or may not present the driver with the choice to operate the vehicle.

You’re unlikely to encounter anything above a Level 3 in Southern California at this point in time, but that may change in the next few months.

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Who Is Liable in a Self-Driving Car Accident?

We all heard about the self-driving Uber that hit a pedestrian while out for a nighttime test run in Arizona; the self-driving Tesla that exploded, killing its driver. No matter what, a self-driving car crash claim will be more complex. In these cases, the manufacturer of the vehicle in question may be responsible for the accident due to a problem with the software or malfunction. Self-driving cars are so new, in fact, that various laws are still being developed to keep up with the rapidly changing technology.

At this point in time, most “autonomous” vehicles are in their trial and error phase, and we’re finding that having a car that can do some of the driving for you can make some drivers careless. And these negligent drivers should be held liable to their victims.

If you or a family member was in a car accident involving a partially autonomous car, you may be entitled to compensation. But that doesn’t mean getting it will be easy. Our team of Glendale car accident attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, will fight for the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (818) 507-4311 for a free consultation.

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