Years ago, when self-parking systems were options for luxury car manufacturers, it seemed as if driverless cars were still considered science fiction. As incremental advances continue to be made with the growth crash avoidance systems (e.g. proximity warnings lane integrity warnings, and automatic braking systems) it only seems like a matter of time before self-driving cars become a reality.
This is because technology giant Google, as well as other automakers are in the process of developing autonomous vehicles. Development has come so far along that some experts believe that self-driving cars could be on the road as soon as 2020.
Also, safety experts believe that roads will be safer as these vehicles populate roadways across the nation. They believe that self-driving cars will not fall prey to the imperfections that plague human drivers, such as alcohol consumption, aggressive driving and distracted driving. Moreover, self-driving vehicles may be better equipped to see other vehicles and take evasive actions quicker (and much sooner) than a human driver could.
It is estimated that 230,000 self-driving cars will be on the road by 2025, with that number growing to nearly 11 million by 2035.
Before self-driving cars are a part of mainstream America, Arizonans will still have to drive their cars with the same care and caution that a reasonable person would. In essence, drivers should avoid using their cell phones while behind the wheel, driving aggressively, and driving while under the influence of alcohol. A driver who does these things and causes an accident, could be held accountable by those injured in a crash.