Readers may be aware of the efforts several companies–including Google–have put into the development of driverless cars. They may be surprised however to hear that a study on the topic is currently underway in Ontario as well. The only province in Canada currently allowing such testing, last month the pilot project commenced.
In conjunction with the test, the federal Minister of Transport recently requested that a parliamentary committee conduct a study of these vehicles. Among the topics he believes should be addressed, include:
- Regulations that should be put into place
- Various responsibilities tied to their use
- Respect for privacy concerning the technologies used in “driving” these vehicles
According to experts there are multiple benefits that could potentially arise as a result of using autonomous vehicles. In addition to reducing traffic congestions and the emission of greenhouse gas, their use could also improve energy efficiency.
They could also lead to a reduction of car accidents due to, among other things, driver distraction, drowsy driving and drunk driving. Since car accidents accounted for over 10,000 serious injuries, and 1,900 deaths throughout the country in 2013, most would agree that any reduction would be beneficial.
In the meantime, injury inducing car accidents will continue to occur. When they are the result of negligence on the part of another person, a personal injury lawsuit may be a good option. If successful, a case of this nature could provide compensation for those who are hurt, or the family members of individuals who died. While money is not a replacement for the loss of a loved one or injuries that are inflicted, it may make it easier for all to move forward with life.