Top 5 Disadvantages of Driverless Cars

Many people have common concerns over autonomous vehicles. To some, the disadvantages are far greater than the benefits.

Learn about the top 5 concerns people have over self-driving vehicles.

1. Trusting a computer to perform adequately

This is the most common concern people have about driverless cars. Many individuals are skeptical about handing over all the power to a computer, which could malfunction and put the driver at risk.

  • Autonomous vehicles travel according to GPS, which isn’t 100% successful.
  • Software stores lot of personal information, drawing unwanted attention from hackers.

2. Sensors fail during conditions out of the norm

Autonomous vehicles rely heavily on their sensors, making them vulnerable to sensor failures if a unique situation arises.

  • Drastic weather conditions
    • Heavy rain damages roof-mounted sensors
  • Human traffic signals
    • Other technology (i.e. stop lights) failures will not be recognized
    • Sensors will not detect police redirecting traffic
  • Roadblocks and local traffic laws
    • Hazardous road conditions may appear suddenly (i.e. potholes)
    • Traffic laws vary from state to state (i.e. turning right on red)

3. Increase in unemployment rate

Driverless cars would eliminate many jobs in the transportation industry, especially when it comes to truck and taxi drivers. This will negatively impact the unemployment rate and the economy.

4. Learning new technology

To some drivers, learning how to operate new technology can be not only a hassle, but also nearly impossible if you struggle with technology.

Once drivers fully adjust to the new technology, they may only remember how to start an autonomous vehicle. Driving a traditional vehicle may become more difficult when you get used to a driverless car. In the event of a technology failure, the driver may not know how to take over the wheels immediately.

5. Autonomous vehicles will be too expensive

To run smoothly, driverless car needs:

  • Sensors
  • New software
  • Modified vehicle parts (i.e. computer system)

The cost of having an autonomous vehicle adds up to more than $100,000, more than what most Americans want to spend in a vehicle.

Automakers believe driverless cars will ultimately free the roads from car accidents, focusing on the benefits. However, common concerns indicate the advancements will not fully get rid of all vehicle collisions.

The auto industry may be changing, but one thing remains the same — your right to seek compensation after an auto accident.

At Bergener Mirejovsky, our experienced injury lawyers have helped thousands of personal injury accident victims recover from damages. Advancing vehicle technology can make pursuing an accident claim complicated. Our dedicated injury attorneys are here to take on the new challenges and help you get better after your accident involving an autonomous vehicle. Give us a call at 1-800-881-2021 for a free case review.

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