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Do automated cars make for lazy drivers?

| Aug 23, 2017 | Blog |

Human error has long been the leading cause of car accidents. In theory, this means that removing error-prone conditions should improve safety, which is one of the reasons why cars are becoming more automated each year.

Relaxed drivers are less attentive

Driverless cars may be advertised as the future, but studies show that increased automation means decreased driver attention. An investigative piece by Bloomberg Technology explores the different effects technology has on driving behavior. It concludes that many advancements overlay basic skills, which leads to a relaxed attention to driving details.

New car models are trying to balance this with warning and safety-shutdowns that stop a vehicle if the driver goes too long without holding the steering wheel. General Motors is even developing eye-tracking systems to monitor that the driver is watching the road to maintain control.

Cars are a key part of our lives that we use every day. While the majority of travel is safe and uneventful, a single instance has the potential to change your life. Humans make mistakes and behave irresponsibly, sometimes with devastating results. The Bloomberg article notes a 14 percent increase in fatal accidents the past two years.

Still a serious health hazard

Negligence is no excuse. If another driver causes a crash, they are responsible for any injuries that occur. If you’ve been in an accident, it’s important to seek immediate medical treatment and to protect your individual rights by filing a police report and consulting with an experienced attorney to measure the severity of any damages.

Technological advancements have changed the way that people drive, but cars remain a serious health hazard. It’s essential for drivers to pay full attention at all times to minimize the threat to yourself and others on the road.