Driverless Vehicles are Coming. Can We Trust Them?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driver error leads to 94% of motor vehicle crashes. At first blush that sounds like a great argument for driverless vehicles, until you remember that all automated systems are subject to major flaws as a result of human error in their design and creation, and you think about all of the failures of these systems that you have personally encountered. Like it or not, driverless vehicles are coming, and 11 companies have come together to create a white paper looking at the safety concerns and how to tackle the risks.

Safety First for Automated Driving

Safety First for Automated Driving (SaFAD) was created by:

  • Aptiv
  • Audi
  • Baidu
  • BMW
  • Continental
  • Daimler
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • HERE
  • Infineon
  • Intel
  • Volkswagen

The publication is not meant to be the end all-be all of automated vehicle safety standards, but rather a starting point. It was built on the following 12 guiding principles:

  • Safe Operation
  • Safety Layer
  • Operational Design Domain (ODD)
  • Behavior in Traffic
  • User Responsibility
  • Vehicle-Initiated Handover
  • Driver-Initiated Handover
  • Effects of Automation
  • Safety Assessment
  • Data Recording
  • Security
  • Passive Safety

Driverless vehicles are inevitable and the potential for reducing the carnage on our roadways is undeniable, but for those for find the prospect terrifying and full of room for catastrophic errors, you would be right. We can only hope that SaFAD is a sign that the automotive and tech industries are truly working toward solutions that will put lives above profits this time.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a crash involving a defective vehicle, in Nevada, please call Adam Smith Law today at 702-929-2289 or email us right away to schedule your free initial consultation.

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