Maybe not, but that doesn’t mean the advantages aren’t huge.
Last month, the Department of Transportation launched its largest-ever road test of crash avoidance technology. That test involves nearly 3000 cars, trucks, and buses that are equipped with Wi-Fi linkages that help them talk to each other to talk about road hazards, avoid car accidents, and improve traffic flow.
The test is being conducted in Michigan, but the implications for big-city traffic like Chicago’s are huge. Consider your evening rush hour, with traffic on the Stevenson clogged up for miles with no apparent cause. Well, the actual cause is simply volume, with every car trying to nudge its way into traffic in a very inefficient way, forcing additional slowdowns along the entire stretch of the highway. Crash avoidance technology certainly will avoid slowdowns due to accidents, but it will also help traffic move more smoothly overall. By ensuring proper spacing between vehicles, it will allow traffic to merge seamlessly with the smallest possible reduction in speed.
By simply ensuring proper spacing and easy merging, crash avoidance technology may transform our evening commutes, making them not only safer, but faster as well.
Until that day, we will have to accept the uncertainty that comes with human drivers, including car accidents that result in serious personal injury. If you have been hurt due to the negligence of another driver, you may be able to receive compensation for your injury.