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The impact of human behavior on autonomous vehicle safety

Michigan residents who are interested in autonomous driving technology should be aware that many self-driving vehicles are programmed to utilize human driving behaviors. A noted computer professor, who conducts research that pertains to the designs of cyber-physical systems, states that problem is that humans do not drive perfectly. Therefore, the autonomous vehicles are executing the same imperfect methods.

According to the professor, the autonomous vehicle industry wants to create a human-like driving experience and ensure safety. Because human driving is the standard, however, the autonomous vehicles are not safe. The professor says that autonomous vehicles should only be allowed to travel at speeds at which they are able to come to a complete stop within their range of vision. This is so that the vehicles can stop immediately if there is an unexpected obstruction in their view.

The driving expectations for humans and autonomous vehicles are drastically different. Humans are practically expected to make mistakes, and when they are responsible for an accident, it is considered normal. In comparison, autonomous vehicles are expected to drive perfectly and be completely safe. This is why the outcry is much larger when a self-driving car makes a mistake.

Safety will always be in question as long as automated driving technology is based on human behaviors. When programming the autonomous vehicles, the processor says safety should be the main goal, not a human-like driving experience.

A personal injury attorney may advocate on behalf of people who have sustained injuries in car accidents. The manufacturers of vehicles could be held financially liable for defects in their vehicles that result in accidents.

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