Questions to consider include, if a car gets in an accident while on autopilot, who is responsible, the car owner or the automaker.
New York, New York (PRWEB) May 22, 2013
A new S-Class Mercedes has semiautonomous steering and is a remarkable advance in the development of autonomous cars, reported The New York Times (5.19.13). The auto steers itself using an array of radar, infrared and optical sensors to track lane markings or the car ahead. New York auto accident lawyer David Perecman supports technology that will make driving safer.
“Advancements in technology have the ability to make driving safer for all,” said Perecman, an auto accident lawyer in New York for over 30 years.
The car, which requires a driver’s hand on the steering wheel while it steers itself, can maneuver through city traffic or drive up to 120 miles an hour on the highway under the right conditions. The car can also park itself, brake automatically to avoid hitting people or other vehicles, and sense when a driver is getting fatigued, according to The New York Times.
The 2014 S-Class premiered in Hamburg, Germany. The vehicle is considered the flagship of the Mercedes line and has an estimated starting price of $100,000. Engineers say it will take at least a decade to work out all the technological issues, said The New York Times. There are a number of legal problems that will need to be resolved, as well.
“Questions to consider include, if a car gets in an accident while on autopilot, who is responsible, the car owner or the automaker,” said Perecman.
The car’s software needs to do all the things that come naturally to humans, said The New York Times. This includes judging whether a person standing at a street corner is planning to cross the road or is just waiting for a bus. The car will also need to gauge the intentions of erratic human drivers.
“If the issues are worked out, self-driving cars may be safer than human driven cars. It will be interesting to see how the technology develops,” said Perecman.
The auto accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have helped many people obtain the compensation they deserve following auto accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
The New York Times article is “A Benz With a Virtual Chauffeur.”
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases of vehicular accidents in New York. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."