Driverless vehicles are touted as being able to keep Illinois roadways safer than they are now. Proponents say that fewer accidents will occur because machines won’t make the same types of errors that people do. They also won’t drive drunk, tired or while distracted. However, they may not take to the streets as quickly as some may think. The driverless car hype is similar to the hype surrounding electric vehicles several years ago.
It was predicted that there would be 280,000 electric cars sold in the United States by 2015, and Barack Obama said that 1 million would be on American roads by 2016. However, there were only 119,000 sold in 2015, and there were only 380,000 on American roads in 2016. Just like the electric cars, autonomous vehicles face technological hurdles to their development. They also face regulatory hurdles that may or may not be removed in the near future.
The price of an electric car was also a drawback for consumers. Sales fell in states after government tax credits were removed, and the same happened in other countries when incentives were taken away. However, as prices fall, both electric and autonomous vehicles will likely become more popular and become common staples on American and global roadways.
While it is hoped that the number of auto accidents will be dramatically reduced once autonomous cars become more ubiquitous, that day is yet to come. Presently, the vast majority of traffic accidents are the result of human error, and people who have been injured in a collision caused by the negligence of another driver might want to have legal assistance when trying to obtain compensation for their losses.