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Are Tesla’s Self-Driving Cars Any Safer than Normal Cars?

Car makers and technology giants are all in a race to produce the best self-driving cars; a venture largely backed by the argument that computers are safer drivers than humans, since they eliminate the most common cause of car accidents: human error. However, that notion may have just taken a big hit after one Tesla self-driving car was involved in a fatal crash. Tesla has been at the forefront of development in this area for some time, and is even at the point of testing these autonomous vehicles out in the real world. How Did the Car Accident Happen? Investigators say the self-driving car was travelling down the highway when a semi-truck made a left-turn in from of it. According to the reports, neither the car nor the driver could see the white truck and trailer against a broadly lit skyline, and therefore did not hit the brakes to avoid…
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What Will Happen When a Self-Driving Car Causes a Fatality?

It was inevitable. After many years and millions of miles driven by Google’s fleet of self-driving cars, one of them has finally caused an automobile accident. It was not a huge accident – the car was only moving at 2 mph when it struck a city bus in California. Nobody was hurt, except, perhaps, the self-driving car’s robot ego. People in the technology field and in public safety organizations have lauded Google’s self-driving cars for their impeccable safety record, but the record has been shattered. Though no one was hurt, this incident begs the question: What if someone was hurt due to a self-driving car? What if someone was killed by one? Liability for Self-Driving Cars Because self-driving cars are so new, we can only extrapolate current laws to determine who would be liable for an accident caused by the actions of a self-driving car. One argument says that the…
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