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Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin wrongful death lawyer, Wisconsin car accident lawyerShortly after the announcement of the long road ahead for automated cars and a pledge from the U.S. government into developing the technology to make them better, Volvo has promised to make all of their new cars death and serious injury free by 2020. But can they really do it? Experts believe it is possible. Technology Already Exists The technology is already in place, in fact, newer, high-end luxury cars already have the advanced technological features needed to create a zero death and serious injury car. Adaptive cruise control uses radar and other sensors to detect other cars up ahead. All the driver has to do is set their maximum speed and the car will maintain a safe following distance, sans driver engagement. Auto lane keeping assist uses cameras to detect road edges and line lanes and keep the car in its lane. Collision avoidance works with the help of radar and  sensors that detect obstacles and warn the driver; if the driver does not react, the car can apply automatic brakes to reduce the impact of (or even completely avoid) a crash. Pedestrian detection and large animal detection sensors are also being used to alert and even brake in the event an unexpected person or animal wanders into the car’s path. Decrease in Injuries and Fatalities for Cars with Technology Many of these technologies have improved driver safety. In fact, there are a few models that have not seen a single death from 2009 to 2012. Volvo’s XC90 is on that short list. But the real key, Volvo says, is to perfect the technology already being used and to combine it all into a single car, and to do it in a way that is cost effective so that all of their cars can be equipped with the advanced technology. Of course, automated cars already have all the technology components; they are just still in the testing phase and still need human interaction to ensure they are operating as they should (and human engagement when they fail). Some believe it will take more than just technology, especially when many of the autonomous cars being tested still require a great deal of human engagement. But the promise is there, as is the potential. Waiting for the Future Until these cars are perfected and made available to the general public, accidents can and will still happen. Know how to best protect yourself, drive safely, and if you are involved in an accident, be certain to employ the assistance of a skilled and experienced Milwaukee automobile accident attorney. At Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, we offer more than 40 years of experience, and we provide aggressive representation that ensures your rights and best interest are protected. Ask how we may be able to help you by calling 414-271-1440 and scheduling your consultation.



Wisonsin personal injury attorney, Wisonsin car crash lawyer, Milwaukee car crash attorneyAlthough self-driving cars sound like the stuff of science fiction, they may be closer to becoming a reality than people think. Google has been testing and improving its fleet of autonomous cars for years, and the CEO of Nissan recently predicted that automated cars could be available to consumers by 2020. The rapid development of these vehicles means that they are still operating in something of a legal grey area, and open questions about a variety of issues. One of the most commonly asked of these questions is who bears responsibility in the event of a self-driving car crash.

The Problem

The problem with assigning liability in self-driving car crashes is that there are two potential options, and they both come with their own issues. First, the law could simply hold the owner liable in cases where their self-driving car crashes. However, this does not seem satisfying. After all, the person who owns the car has no control over what it does. It would be similar to a car's owner today loaning their car to someone else and had to bear the responsibility for any accidents that the person may cause.

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