The roads in Texas and across the United States are in for a profound change as driver assisted systems become more common. Since these innovations are in the infancy stage, regulators and safety experts are concerned. Drivers giving too much control to the system can lead to car accidents.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has researched the topic and provided perspective as to how potential dangers should be addressed. A key conclusion is that the driver should be fully attentive even if driver-assist systems are being used. There have been recent accidents in which a lack of attention was believed to have been a factor. In one, the driver of a Tesla was using its autopilot and was later found to have been playing a game at the time of the collision.
IIHS says that vehicles with Level Two systems give drivers too much freedom to engage in other activities. Level Two is in some newer models from Tesla and Cadillac. It controls various aspects including the brakes, steering and accelerating. Drivers seem to think that the vehicle does not need attention. However, IIHS says that there should be a system to monitor the driver; sensory additions to check if the driver is responsive; and alerts if the system determines that the driver is not paying attention.
A lack of attention behind the wheel is often considered to be due to cellphone distraction and onboard navigation. The new driver-assisted features that include autopilot can also result in distraction. After car accidents in which there were injuries and fatalities, those impacted with medical costs, lost income and the loss of a loved one should know what steps to take to be compensated. A law firm experienced in personal injury cases may be able to help.