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Transportation Department Approves Self-Driving Cars for Testing

Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at 8:55 pm    

Autonomous vehicles, more popularly known as self-driving cars, are increasingly close to becoming a technological possibility. In recognition of this fact, the United States Department of Transportation has recently announced its position on the use of these vehicles. While it still recommends that states prohibit the use of autonomous vehicles for public use, it does approve testing of these vehicles on commercial roadways, as several states such as California currently permit.

An interesting addition to the Transportation Department’s statement strongly recommended the use of semi-autonomous features, which have already been included in some vehicles. Features such as cruise-control which automatically slows when the distance between vehicles becomes too close and sensor systems which keep cars in their lanes can help to save lives, the Department contends, by preventing car accidents caused by driver error.

While autonomous and semi-autonomous features are still being developed, implemented, and approved, driver error still poses an incredible risk to all motorists on the road. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by another driver and are thinking about taking legal action in Lancaster, contact the Law Office of Bill Pelhan today at 717-392-6362 for the experienced legal assistance you need.