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Drivers may not be ready for semi-autonomous cars

The odds of a person dying in a car crash are lower than their odds of dying from obesity. However, there are still 1.3 million car accident deaths annually throughout the world. Furthermore, drivers in Florida and elsewhere are still unaware that advanced safety features are limited in what they can do. Research has indicated that it might not be a good idea to allow humans to operate semi-autonomous vehicles.

According to a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study, drivers said that they engaged in other activities while adaptive cruise control was activated. Roughly a quarter of those surveyed said that they didn't look for other vehicles while changing lanes when using a blind-spot monitoring system. While emergency braking systems can help to avoid an accident, they are not perfect. However, about one-third of drivers in the AAA study were unaware that they could be rendered ineffective by snow or dirt blocking a sensor.

A lack of understanding as to how advanced safety features work could make them less effective. While the AAA study found that drivers put too much faith in blind-spot monitoring and emergency braking in particular, there is a chance of relying too much on any advanced feature. Ideally, drivers will learn to remain alert even when they have modern tools to assist them in monitoring road conditions.

Car accidents could result in significant injuries to drivers or passengers. These injuries may make it impossible to work or otherwise enjoy a lifestyle similar to that a person experienced before an accident. Those who failed to look before changing lanes or otherwise relied on their vehicle to prevent an accident may have acted in a negligent manner. Accident victims may pursue compensation for medical bills and other damages with the help of a personal injury attorney.

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