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Delays seem to be hindering autonomous vehicles

Most New York drivers have experienced long hours on busy roads and in traffic jams. This may spark an interest in electric and autonomous vehicles (AVs). In theory, AVs could help save in transportation costs and allow passengers to use traffic time for other, more productive activities.

Many experts and supporters of electric and autonomous vehicles predicted that there would be a fast growth in the market for such technology. In fact, one prediction stated that 200,000 electric vehicles would be sold in the U.S. in 2013. President Obama himself supported a fast-growth vision, announcing that a million such vehicles would be traveling in the U.S. by 2016. The reality of the sales, however, has lagged substantially behind the predictions, partly because of the high cost of electric cars and partly because humans are still suspicious of the safety of AVs.

This last concern, however, is due to perception. About 90 percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents are caused by human error. AVs do not engage in risky driving behaviors such as texting or drinking while driving. However, there are questions that have to be considered when it comes to safety, such as the choice an AV would have to make if faced between destroying itself, hitting another vehicle or harming some pedestrians.

As the future of AVs gets defined, humans continue to drive their vehicles and potentially make errors that can leave others injured or dead. If a person is injured in a car crash, they might decide to contact a lawyer with experience in personal injury law. An attorney could help a victim fill and file the correct paperwork to receive compensation for damages.

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