The talk about driverless cars is getting louder. Google and car manufacturers continue to crank out experiments and testing on the technology to work out the kinks and get it on our roadways as soon as possible.
Experts are saying that it's this technology that's going to help to keep elderly drivers on our roadways even longer, according to U.S. News.
Our Los Angeles car accident attorneys understand how tough it can be for an elderly driver to admit and accept the fact that they're no longer safe to be behind the wheel. With age comes deteriorating senses and ability. It's a fact of life that none of us can avoid. What we can do is know how to deal with aging to ensure that we're around longer. Driverless cars might be that way to help to keep senior citizens' independence and safety on our roadways. But there is a long, long way to go.
Recently, the state of California became the third state in the country to legalize these driverless cars. Nevada and Florida are the other two. While Google is getting most of the attention for the development of this technology, car manufacturers are also working on it, too. It's still unclear what the pace of commercialization will be for driverless cars. After all, some of the improvements that were promised back in 1939 at the World's Fair in New York still aren't on our roadways.
Not everyone is for the technology though. Many are skeptical about letting some computer run their vehicle. The truth of the matter is that we've come a long way in roadway safety and we can thank new-car safety technologies for many of the reductions in roadway fatalities.
Some of the most common safety features in new cars include technologies that do the thinking for you -- the driver. We have the smart headlights. These are the devices that adjust brightness and direction of shine to help drivers to optimize their vision behind the wheel.
We also have backup cameras and other reversing technologies that help to alert drivers about any objects or hazards that might be in their path while reversing. This technology is similar to the blind-spot warning systems which tell drivers when there's someone, or something, in their blind spots, before they make a move in traffic.
New-car technologies are helping to keep drivers in their lanes too, with the lane-departure systems. These help to eliminate the driving side-effects of drowsy driving and inattentive driving.
Parking can be done with your eyes closed now with the new assistive parking systems, which help to let cars park on their own, without any help from the driver.
Virtually everything can be commanded with your voice now, too. In-car systems are voice activated nowadays to help drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact injury lawyer Vincent Howard for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925 today.
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