Wichita, KS- With tens of thousands of people injured or killed in traffic accidents, motorists increasingly look to automotive technology to keep them safe on the road. Google Inc. hope that one of those technologies, the self-driving car, will be the wave of the future, touting their safety. But on Monday, the company revealed that there have been 11 traffic accident in the six years they have been test, three of which occurred after September of last year.
When you consider the fact there have been only 11 minor accidents with no injuries over a period of 7 years, it would seem that Google’s self-driving cars are very safe. But that fact can be hard to asses since Google is tight-lipped about the details of the accidents, citing a California law which makes accident reports confidential. The company, however, insists that in all of those incidents the driver, not their car was responsible. In a piece posted Monday, Chris Urmson, Google’s director of the self-driving car program wrote “not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident.”
That assertion has been contradicted by one source familiar with the accident reports who told the Associated Press that, of the four accidents they are aware of, two were caused by the driver and two occurred when Google’s cars was in self-driving mode.
John Simpson, privacy project director of the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog, told the Los Angeles Times that the internet giant’s ultimate goal is to manufacture self-driving cars without pedals and steering wheel so a driver wouldn’t be able to take over the vehicle in the event it goes out of control. Basically put, because Google refuses to disclose the details of the accidents, we can’t know for certain if the self-driving car is as safe as the company says they are.
With 360° cameras and multiple sensors, self-driving cars can prevent many accident, they likely are, however Google’s unwillingness to disclose the details of those accidents could be discouraging to motorists.
Make no mistake, crash-avoidance systems and other automotive safety technology do help motorists avoid accidents, but Google with have to be more upfront about collisions before people relinquish control of their cars to a computer.
In reality, technology isn’t going to prevent all traffic accidents and people will still get into accidents and suffer injuries. When that accident is someone else’s fault, an accident victim has the right to hold that person financially accountable. By retaining a Kansas accident attorney, victim of auto collisions increase their chances of getting a fair settlement that will cover their medical bills and reflect their pain and suffering.
At USAttorneys we have an outstanding team of accident attorneys in Kansas who are willing to stand by you and fight on your behalf. They aim to give each client superior representation and won’t allow them to accept a lesser settlement than they deserve.

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