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Autonomous car safety improvements targeted

When it comes to autonomous vehicles, Indiana residents may well have varying views on the matter. Some people might be wary of trusting their lives to a computer while others might believe that a computer may be more likely to operate a vehicle safely than a human being could. Regardless of one's position, it is important for drivers to be aware of the type of technologies being used in these vehicles as they are likely to be on the road with people-driven vehicles sooner rather than later.

Because safety improvements and specifically a reduction in car accidents is a primary benefit often espoused of self-driving cars, one technology to learn about is something called LiDAR. This is essentially a mechanism by which a computer takes three-dimensional images and creates maps of its surroundings. In a self-driving vehicle, that means that the operating computer or system can be aware of any and all objects that might be in its path at any given time.

By first noticing objects be they human, moving or stationary, the autonomous vehicle can then make sure to avoid coming into contact with those objects. This is exactly what Delphi Automotive, a parts manufacturer is hoping will happen by incorporating the LiDAR technology from Innoviz into its products. The goal is to hit the market with these by 2019.

While companies are working hard and fast to make self-driving cars a reality, Indiana residents who are hit by other negligent drivers may find talking to a lawyer useful. 

Source: Tech Crunch, "Delphi and LiDAR-maker Innoviz partner on self-driving tech," Darrell Etherington, August 18, 2017


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