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Self-driving technology can make roads safer today

For people in Connecticut and across the United States, autonomous vehicles can seem like an exciting technology for all the possibilities they offer. Not only could they potentially cut down on the daily annoyances of commutes and traffic jams, but self-driving cars could be a major boon for roadway safety. A great deal of writing and reporting on automobiles today is focusing on the potentials of the future development of fully autonomous vehicles.

Fully self-driving vehicles remain a technology that is still years into the future, but there are a number of serious projects being pursued by automakers and technology companies to make those dreams a reality as soon as possible. For these types of vehicles to move onto the streets, however, a full framework of regulations, insurance standards and other guidelines will need to go into effect.

At the same time, many of the advances being pursued as part of autonomous vehicle development can also have great benefits for drivers today. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, can help to improve drivers' safety long before fully self-driven cars become a reality. Some of these kinds of technologies include front and rear collision avoidance sensors, blind spot detection and lane departure warnings. These technologies have been shown in multiple studies to seriously reduce the risk of car accidents, especially crashes that lead to personal injuries. Another helpful feature is road condition awareness, which helps to automatically adjust the vehicle's ride based on the roadway.

One reason why the push toward self-driving cars is so compelling is because of the dangers posed every day by dangerous and negligent drivers. People who have suffered in car accidents through no fault of their own may wish to speak with a personal injury lawyer. An attorney working with accident victims might pursue compensation for lost wages, medical bills and other damages incurred.

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