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Numerous scenarios could reduce safety of self-driving cars

If the ambitious plans of automakers come to fruition, self-driving cars might become a common sight on South Carolina roads. Although this technology remains in the development phase, manufacturers like Volvo and Google have been touting the potential reduction in accidents that their autonomous vehicles could achieve.

The elimination of human error during driving presents enticing possibilities, but the complex hardware and software systems that enable self-driving cars could be disrupted in numerous ways that lead to crashes. Millions of lines of software code operate these vehicles, and no single person has the capacity to understand this programming. A bug in programming could create an unexpected action in the vehicle and cause an accident. The possibility that hackers could tamper with vehicles cannot be ruled out either. As for the hardware of the vehicles, a splash of mud over a sensor could disorient the driving software.

Some self-driving developers have also proposed a system in which vehicles communicate with each other or are connected to roadway infrastructure. A systemic failure could result in mass disarray among multiple autonomous cars on the road. Essentially, the unpredictability of real-world events prevents the testing of self-driving cars under all possible circumstances.

As technology developers grapple with the challenges of self-driving vehicles, people must still deal with accidents caused by human drivers. A person hurt in a car accident caused by another motorist who was drunk, texting, drowsy or otherwise negligent might want to meet with a personal injury attorney in order to determine how best to seek compensation for medical bills, physical therapy and other losses.

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