Two senators, one a republican and the other a democrat, are launching a bipartisan effort to speed up the process of putting self-driving cars and trucks on the road. According to The Press of Atlantic City, the two senators, one of whom is the chairman of the senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, are working on legislation that would remove obstacles preventing automakers from putting self-driving vehicles on the road sooner rather than later.
Carmakers have cited federal safety requirements as slowing the advancement of self-driving technology. An example of a federal rule that automakers have complained are hinder the growth of self-driving technology is a requirement that autonomous vehicles still have steering wheels and brake pedals. The reason for this regulation is to enable a human driver to take control of a self-driving vehicle if he or she believes it is necessary.
Is It Safe to Speed Up the Process of Putting Self-Driving Cars on the Road?
Many advocates point to the fact that human error is a large factor in auto accidents. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), human error is a factor in 94 percent of fatal car accidents. However, in the rush to take control away from human drivers and hand it over to the vehicles themselves, are we being too quick to declare self-driving vehicles as ready to become the main source of transportation on our roads?
While many agree that self-driving cars could ultimately prove a safer alternative to vehicles operated by humans, there are those who think speeding up the process of putting autonomous vehicles on the road could be dangerous. Ultimately, only time will tell whether self-driving cars will be able to improve safety for vehicle occupants or not.
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