Cars always seem to be getting safer. With more safety features and increasingly intelligent design, the streets of Albany should soon be getting much less dangerous. The problem is, however, that these vehicles could create a dependence on the safety features, which would make a safety feature failure all that much more catastrophic. In addition, these safety features cannot guarantee accidents won't happen, they will only lessen the chances of a crash. What this means, then, is that Albany drivers must continue to drive safely to prevent serious or fatal car accidents.
Ultimately, motorists will need to operate their vehicles safely, no matter the technology that is available, to prevent accidents. When they don't and when they cause crashes, it will be the drivers and not the car companies who will be the subject of personal injury lawsuits. Car accident victims will seek compensation from the drivers for failing to yield or driving erratically, not the company who created technology to automatically brake or steer cars.
In addition, many of the safety features that car companies such as Toyota have made are not yet available. The features are still being tested or car buyers need to spend a lot of extra money for these nonstandard safety tools. It will not only take a considerable amount of time for the public to be able to afford them, but also for these new vehicles to replace older, less safe models.
While news of Toyota's new safety features is inspiring, accident-free cars may be a long way away.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "Toyota tests cars that communicate with each other," Nov. 12, 2012
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