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How humans can make autonomous cars dangerous

Some safety advocates in Missouri may be eager for the future of autonomous driving technology. According to a professor from Arizona State, however, human developers could be passing down their unsafe driving habits to these self-driving vehicles. In March, an Uber test car in self-driving mode hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. The car likely didn't see the victim because it was too dark to detect anything.

Reports suggest that by the time the person could be seen by the vehicle, there was little or no time to stop or slow down. The professor suggests that all autonomous cars should be designed to proceed extra cautiously in unlighted areas. Furthermore, autonomous cars should travel at speeds that make it possible to stop quickly if a person or object suddenly comes into the field of vision.

The professor has done research into systems that will allow cars to go through intersections without the need to slow down. If done properly, this could reduce congestion while not compromising rider safety. He argues that all self-driving cars should be held to higher expectations than human drivers.

If an individual is harmed in a car accident, they may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages. An attorney could review evidence in a case or take other steps to help a crash victim obtain a favorable outcome. Reviewing witness or driver statements might help establish the at-fault party's negligence. Physical evidence, cell phone records or toxicology reports may also show that a negligent driver caused a car accident.

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