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February 24th, 2020
Whether you embrace the future of vehicle technology or you
scoff at the latest trends, you will likely soon be driving a car equipped with
gadgets you and your instructors never would’ve imagined when you first took
Just like you, we are both hopeful and hesitant when it
comes to the future of vehicle technology. Before we dive into the potential
advantages and disadvantages of these advancements, let’s first look at what we
might expect in the years to come.
What is the Future of
Features that we might expect include:
How soon these features will be widely used in new cars isn’t clear. But it’s entirely possible that the next vehicle you purchase will contain at least one variation of the technologies listed above.
What We Like About the
Features That Future Vehicles Could Offer
Without a doubt, the most exciting thing about the future of
vehicle technology is how it might save lives. Vehicles today are safer and
more efficient than those of the past, and we all reap the benefits.
If innovation continues to make our cars safer, we’re all
for it. The Department of Transportation (DOT) clearly has high hopes for
automated driving systems. A few of the benefits the DOT sees in automated
In addition to safety improvements, new vehicle technology also improves the user experience of our vehicles. Just think about how much more convenient and safe plugging your phone into your dashboard to play music is than riffling through a collection of cassettes or CDs!
Our Concerns About the
Living in a world with super safe vehicles sounds great. But getting there presents challenges. First, the push to be the first manufacturer to make an autonomous vehicle available to consumers incentivizes automakers to innovate quickly. If that innovation comes at the expense of safety, as it potentially has with Tesla’s autopilot settings, then it’s worth asking if the progress will be worth it.
Drivers are increasingly worried about how automated features affect their ability to safely drive their vehicles. In a survey conducted by Esurance:
Cybersecurity is also becoming a concern with many new “smart” devices, including new vehicles. Hackers don’t just retrieve sensitive information about vehicles’ owners; they can also manipulate the vehicles themselves.
Another potential drawback of new vehicle technology is how expensive these features will make vehicles. Vehicle prices continue to skyrocket in the U.S., and it’s easy to see how more technologically advanced vehicles will only make cars more expensive for consumers.
So, there are several reasons that the future might not be
so bright. For all the benefits that safety features might offer, there are
just as many potential drawbacks.
Matter What the Future of Vehicle Technology Holds, Accountability is Key
Until vehicles are no longer operated by human beings,
negligent drivers must be held accountable when they injure others. As we
become more reliant on driving assistance features in our cars, we will also be
placing more trust in auto manufacturers to provide the safest possible
If the past is an indicator of what the future might hold, we should expect missteps by vehicle manufacturers. With recalls including Takata’s defective airbags and GM’s faulty ignition switches still fresh in our minds, we are right to have concerns about a future in which we depend on vehicles to perform an ever-increasing number of duties.
When Vehicles Cause Harm,
You Have the Right to Compensation
At Dudley DeBosier, our job is making sure clients are given
the compensation they deserve after car accidents, whether they were caused by
driver error or vehicle malfunction. We know that automakers and vehicle parts
manufacturers sometimes get it wrong, and it’s often up to consumers to take a
stand and make things right.
Injuries caused by vehicle defects are unacceptable. If you have questions about an unsafe vehicle or component you want answered, we encourage you to contact our team for a free consultation. Our defective product attorneys have years of experience holding negligent manufacturers responsible for the harm their products have caused.
We help clients with all types of car accident cases. It’s possible that your crash had many causes. When you hire Dudley DeBosier, we’ll work hard to determine who should be held accountable for your injuries. We fight to get our clients the payment they’re entitled to, so they can focus on their health.