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Are self-driving cars safe?

The idea of a car that drives itself was once a thing only found in science fiction, but it is now a reality. Self-driving cars seem to pop up a lot in the news in Washington. However, many of those stories focus on accidents involving these cars. You may wonder if they are really safe or if they pose a risk to everyone on the road and even to pedestrians.

According to CNN, self-driving cars are safe. Studies have even indicated they may be safer than human drivers. Part of the reason is a self-driving car does not have the flaws of a human. It cannot get distracted. It does not have blind spots because it can scan all around the car. It also is programmed to adjust to traffic and road conditions. A self-driving car also has the ability to detect objects in the roadway or obstacles at a speed much higher than a human. This means it can react more quickly.

Human drivers often break road laws, which then leads to accidents. Self-driving cars have programs that make them follow the laws. Even more important, manufacturers can improve the software and technology of the care. Experts can learn from accidents or the data gathered during driving to improve the car and make it better and safer.

While there are sure to be growing pains, which include accidents, with self-driving technology, the bottom line is that experts believe they are and will continue to be safer than a human-driven car. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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