Driverless car involved in accidents as well
If human negligence and error cause accidents on the road, would the roads be safer without drivers; that is, in driverless cars? This is something that people across the country, including Minnesota, may be thinking about as companies begin to test drive driverless cars.
Google has been testing its self-guided cars in various states across the country, and, according to the company, the vehicles were involved in 17 minor crashes, but the driverless cars caused none of them. However, in a recent accident with a bus, the company has admitted that its vehicle bears some responsibility for the accident.
As the driverless car reached an intersection and was about to take a right turn, the vehicle noticed that there were sandbags blocking the turn and allowed some other vehicles to pass by. The car began to move back into traffic and brushed an approaching bus. Both vehicles were driving slower than 20 mph and no one was hurt in the accident. The vehicle believed that the bus would stop. There was a driver in the automated car as well.
According to its monthly report, the manufacturing company acknowledged that this type of negotiation and prediction is a normal part of driving. The company also acknowledged that its software needs to be refined for such situations so that they can be handled better.
This shows that car accidents can take place, whether or not there is a driver behind the wheel. If a Minnesota resident loses a loved one in a fatal motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of another, they may be able to recover compensation from that negligent party. Though it is not possible to quantify their loss, compensation may be useful for covering costs associated with losing a loved one suddenly.