Can Smart Cars Prevent Serious Georgia Auto Accidents?


May 06, 2011

Intel Corporation has a goal of developing a truly intelligent car. A "smart" car, if you will, that will earn its name for the data that it can gather, not for just the great fuel mileage it gets. Their vision is that one day there will be a car that makes decisions on its own.

They are currently in the process of developing a car with "black box" technology, like the one that they put in airplanes. This little black box located inside the car will record data about vehicle speed, steering, and braking. There will also be cameras inside of the car that will record what goes on in the interior of the vehicle and on the outside. If the car were involved in an accident, the video footage from the cameras and the information from the black box would automatically get sent to the police department and the insurance company.

The idea behind this is that it would help in determining who is at fault in an auto accident. The long-term vision they have is a car with camera systems in it that will actually be able to recognize street signs and traffic signals. If the driver were going to do something illegal, like drive through a red light, the car would actually be able to take over and prevent the driver from doing so. This would be accomplished by establishing a network where all cars are permanently connected to the Internet and also connected to all the other cars on the road.

A group of automakers, including Ford and Toyota, are developing technology that allows cars to communicate with each other and warn drivers. This system, called Intellidrive, employs GPS transmitters and Wi-Fi to constantly transmit signals with the car’s location and speed. If a driver is approaching an intersection and another car is about to run a red light, the car's system would warn the driver to hit the brakes to avoid the collision. This system is definitely a little less invasive than having cameras in the car or having your car drive for you.

The question remains whether or not this kind of technology would really make driving safer. Cars, unlike humans, will keep getting smarter and will learn from their mistakes. They will not get distracted by cell phone calls, drive drunk or speed. Smart cars may never be perfect, but they do not have to be perfect to reduce Georgia auto accident risks. Smart cars just have to be better than the drivers who are out there now that make driving errors and kill a million of their fellow Americans every year.

Until the day arrives when cars are controlling themselves and are communicating with one another, humans are still in the driver's seat. While drivers remain in control, human error will continue to cause serious Georgia car accidents on a daily basis.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a family member has been killed in a Georgia auto accident, we urge you to contact the Georgia auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates. Our experienced Georgia auto accident lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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