Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia. Based in Gwinnett County, he handles serious injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. Call him for a free telephone consultation at (678) 661-9585.
One magazine I subscribe to and find relevant to personal injury law is Car and Driver. An article in the February 2020 issue by columnist Tom Vanderbilt detailed autonomous-vehicle (self driving vehicle) development and some of the challenges in regulating the safe development of the associated technology. I will not regurgitate the entire article here, but it details some fatal traffic accidents involving cars using autonomous driving software.
It appears that one of the major safety issues is that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has provided little, if any, federal oversight. Laws to protect the public are mostly piecemeal at the state or local level. In other words, it is to an extent the Wild West with the development of autonomous vehicles. No doubt a major goal of the companies behind these technologies is, in the long run, to reduce traffic fatalities. However, in the short run, people can be injured or killed when autonomous driving software is tested with public roadways as these companies' laboratories with real human lives at stake.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a traffic collision with a self-driving or autonomous vehicle, please contact attorney Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free telephone consultation.
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