Self-driving cars are still a fairly new invention meant to make driving safe and easy. While you may be able to relax in your car as it drives you to and from any destination, that may not always be the case.
Like any form of technology, there may be flaws that put you and others in danger of serious injuries. Here’s what you should know:
It may only be a matter of time before your autonomous car is hacked
As technology advances so does the effort into hacking said technology. Whether it be a hobby or a job, hackers look for flaws in people’s phones, credit cards, social media and cars. They may do more than use their newfound knowledge to take control of your accounts or steal your data.
While it can be scary to think someone could find your home address by hacking your phone or taking money from your bank account, the dangers of a hacked car could prove fatal. Because of the self-driving features in an autonomous car, hackers may seek to control your car. A hacker could drive your car into passing vehicles or off-road, leading to serious injuries to you and the people around you.
Programming doesn’t come with auto-correct
If you’ve ever seen the coding to make your phone work then you may realize it would fill several dozen books, so there’s likely to be a missing line of code eventually. It takes a lot of time and even more people to figure out how to make autonomous cars drive correctly.
One minor error in a self-driving car’s programming could cause it to miscalculate your drive. Self-driving cars may also not work properly in rain or fog. Their sensors may be obstructed and their signals weakened by weather shifts. A faulty vehicle could cause you to drive into other cars.
If you were in a recent motor vehicle accident while in a faulty autonomous car, then it might not be your fault – but it takes experienced legal guidance to help you obtain the maximum compensation for your losses.