10 years ago, driverless vehicles were a notion from futuristic movies
and science fiction novels. In recent years, they have become a true possibility
as automobile manufacturers and technology companies experiment with motor
vehicles. Recent studies have even shown evidence of increased safety
in self-driving vehicles, as compared to those at risk of human error.
As the existence of self-driving cars becomes inevitable, the popular car
service Uber is rumored to be planning implementation of driverless vehicles.
The company recently added two new officials to its staff; Charlie Miller
and Chris Valasek. Miller and Valasek were involved in the Jeep efforts
causing the original recall protecting motorists from potential vehicle
hacking. Both men will join Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center,
the company’s research laboratory located in Pittsburgh, PA. The
two additions are said to be focusing on Uber’s technological developments
for self-driving motor vehicles.
Someday, Uber is said to envision the thousands of contract drivers being
replaced by autonomous vehicles. The California-based company is partnering
with many well-established universities and research centers to assist
in reaching this goal. In 2015 alone, Uber hired more than forty of the
top scientists and researchers from Carnegie Mellon University. These
experts are also on staff at the Advanced Technologies Center. The company
also bought digital mapping firm deCarta, a California business that specializes
in search and turn-by-turn directions as part of its technology.
Uber joins well-known companies on the forefront of driverless vehicle
technological development efforts, including Google and Volvo. As technologies
on Georgia roadways increase, drivers must remain cautious to vehicles
around them while on busy interstates and highways. The metro-Atlanta
interstate system sees an unbelievable amount of traffic each day, so
it is likely that driverless technologies will ultimately appear.
At Jones & Swanson, our injury attorneys represent victims injured
in a variety of auto accidents, including Marietta truck accidents, passenger
vehicle crashes, and more. The introduction of self-driving automobiles
may bring increased safety, or could potentially increase the number of
incidents on Georgia roadways. The safety of Georgia roads is of utmost
importance to our firm, as it should be to all who travel on those roadways.