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What Safety Regulations Must Autonomous Vehicles Follow?

The future of transportation has brought about many questions. One of these questions regards the safety of not having humans directly controlling vehicles on the road. Autonomous vehicles have sparked a national debate on how safety will be regulated in this new system of travel. States such as California and Arizona have been testing autonomous vehicles for years now, and accidents have occurred. Thankfully, there are regulations to improve the safety of autonomous vehicles safe.

What Is the New Safety Technology for Autonomous Vehicles?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, recently proposed new safety regulations in 2017 that are planned to take effect in 2018. These regulations will use a new type of technology called vehicle-to-vehicle, or V2V, radio communications. This would permit vehicles to automatically send vehicle sensor data to other vehicles in order to alert drivers of potential accidents. This data includes the vehicle’s:

  • Speed
  • Brake status
  • Heading
  • Other driving information

What Safety Technology Systems Do Autonomous Vehicles Already Have?

Autonomous vehicles already have pretty advanced crash avoidance technology, such as RADAR, LIDAR and other vehicle camera systems. Alerts can now be sent to the driver about collision warnings, lane change warnings and blind spots. Along with these alerts, NHTSA is also proposing that Basic Safety Message data should be used that incorporates the new V2V technology. With both of these new safety systems in place, many more types of accidents can now be prevented.

If you have been involved in a car crash with an autonomous vehicle, you will want to hire a car accident lawyer who can give you more information on liability and how to seek compensation for your injuries. Contact the Martin Law Office, S.C. today to schedule a free consultation.


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