Introducing Safe Autonomous Vehicles


Most of us drive ourselves around the city every day, but autonomous vehicles will soon be a reality. These vehicles are intended to make driving safer and more accessible by taking away human error — yet questions linger over whether they’re ready for prime time. Safe autonomous vehicles could save billions of dollars in insurance claims, reduce accidents (and related injuries), and change how we get around cities forever. But as we move toward this future, it’s important that we address safety concerns before fully embracing this technology.

The promise of autonomous vehicles

Autonomous vehicles offer a lot of promise. They’ll be able to get you where you need to go more efficiently, and they’re safer than human drivers. Autonomous vehicles can also reduce traffic congestion by driving closer together in platoons or convoys, which lets them use less fuel while maintaining speed.

In addition, autonomous vehicles will be more efficient because they won’t waste time looking at their phones while driving or getting lost on the way home from work (I’m guilty of both). If all cars become self-driving and connected through 5G technology, then it would be possible for them all share information about traffic patterns and road conditions with one another–and with infrastructure such as stoplights and signs–to avoid accidents before they happen.

Self-driving cars are improving our lives by making it easier to get around.

Self-driving cars are improving our lives by making it easier to get around.

Self-driving cars are safer than human drivers, which means fewer accidents and fatalities on the road. This can save you money and time, since you won’t have to deal with insurance claims or car repairs anymore.

Self-driving cars also use less fuel than regular vehicles because they don’t need as much power for acceleration or braking–they’re able to travel at slower speeds more efficiently than people can! This helps you save money at the pump too!

Finally, self-driving vehicles benefit those who may not be able to drive themselves due to physical limitations or age: self-driving cars could provide transportation for seniors living alone who don’t want their independence taken away from them; they could even help disabled people regain independence after an accident has left them unable to drive themselves around town (or anywhere else).

Autonomous vehicles are an inevitability.

Autonomous vehicles are an inevitability. They will change the way we travel, and save lives in the process. They’ll increase productivity, reduce traffic congestion, and reduce pollution.

How safe are these vehicles?

The answer is simple: autonomous vehicles are safer than human drivers.

In the U.S., over 90 percent of all accidents are caused by human error, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This includes everything from distracted driving to drunk driving, speeding and not wearing seat belts. By contrast, self-driving cars have been involved in only about 1 percent of all crashes–and most of those were minor incidents that could have happened with any vehicle on the road.

As we’ve seen time and again when new technologies come along, there’s always an initial period where people are skeptical about how effective they’ll be at improving our lives or making them easier–but once those fears are put to rest and people see what benefits these innovations can bring them (in this case: fewer injuries), they usually become huge fans!

Cars are getting smarter, but they’re not there yet.

Cars are getting smarter, but they’re not there yet.

The technology is improving, but it’s still not safe enough to put on the road. The cars need to be able to handle more situations and make more decisions on their own before we can trust them with our lives.

Google has been working on autonomous vehicle technology for years and is one of the most advanced companies in this space.

Google has been working on autonomous vehicle technology for years and is one of the most advanced companies in this space. The company has been testing its vehicles in California, Texas, and Washington. It currently has a fleet of over 20 self-driving Lexus RX450h SUVs that have driven more than 1 million miles on public roads safely without causing an accident or injury.

What causes accidents?

A large percentage of accidents are caused by human error. Driver distraction, impairment, and weather conditions can also play a role in an accident.

Human error is the leading cause of car crashes in the United States. In 2017 alone:

  • Distracted driving accounted for 3{a5ecc776959f091c949c169bc862f9277bcf9d85da7cccd96cab34960af80885} of all vehicle crashes; this includes everything from texting while driving to eating behind the wheel.
  • Impaired driving was responsible for 1{a5ecc776959f091c949c169bc862f9277bcf9d85da7cccd96cab34960af80885} of all crashes that year; impaired drivers include those under the influence of drugs or alcohol as well as those who fall asleep at the wheel due to fatigue or illness.

Other contributing factors include road conditions (such as potholes) and vehicle malfunctions such as faulty brakes or tires leaking air pressure–these types of problems result in less than 1{a5ecc776959f091c949c169bc862f9277bcf9d85da7cccd96cab34960af80885} combined but still contribute significantly when they do occur because they often result in serious injuries or death if left untreated immediately after impact occurs between two objects traveling at high speeds such as cars traveling at 70 mph on average which equates roughly equal force equal mass times velocity squared equals force per unit area which means if two objects collide into each other then there will be more force applied against one side than there would be against another side because it’s equal parts mass times velocity squared divided by distance between them so if we were able to calculate how much energy each vehicle carries before collision occurs then we could predict what kind force might come into play during impact scenarios where cars collide together causing serious damage depending upon whether anyone inside either vehicle survives impact safely without injury sustained during collision event itself

How can we make self-driving cars safer?

To make autonomous cars safer, we need to:

  • Test more of them. We have to put more self-driving vehicles on public roads and in real-world situations before we can expect them to be safe for everyone. This will require more than just a few dozen cars; it may take hundreds or even thousands of vehicles spread across different cities, states and countries.
  • Add more sensing technology to each vehicle–and make sure it works properly all the time (not just when conditions are perfect). The sensors currently used by most AVs are good at detecting other cars and pedestrians but they’re not as effective at spotting objects like mailboxes or trees along the road ahead or identifying hazards such as potholes or icy patches under bridges that could cause damage if hit by a car traveling at high speeds

Safe autonomous vehicles will save lives, but they need to improve before they get on the road.

Safe autonomous vehicles will save lives, but they need to improve before they get on the road.

The technology behind self-driving cars is improving rapidly and getting smarter every day. However, it’s not quite ready for real-world conditions just yet. There are still many hurdles that need to be overcome before companies like Uber can deploy autonomous vehicles in their fleets:

  • The software needs more time in testing environments where real drivers operate (like Arizona) instead of simulated traffic patterns;
  • Vehicles must be able to handle complex situations like pedestrians walking into traffic or other cars merging into yours;


Autonomous vehicles have the potential to save thousands of lives each year. But they’re not ready yet. The technology has a long way to go before it’s ready for widespread use, and we need more research into what causes accidents so that we can design systems that prevent them from happening in the first place.