How the autonomous driving car will impact Tucson Arizona drivers.

Autonomous driving cars

How the autonomous driving car will impact Tucson Arizona drivers.

I have been holding off on writing about this topic for a while but it seems as though the inevitable is coming our way very quickly. I’m talking about the day we see fully driverless (or autonomous) cars on the road. We already how autonomous technology in new model cars such as cars that can park them selves, or cars that can hit the brakes for you when it senses a collision. We have had cars that can help us keep from skidding for a long time now, a feature called Electronic Stability Control.
A year or two ago when this topic came up, it seemed so far off in the distance, unfathonable even, the thought of seeing driverless cars in my lifetime. But after the Detroit auto show and the Consumer Electronics Show this January, it seems as though a semi or fully autonomous car could be in your garage in as little as 5 years. So how might that impact collision repair in Tucson Arizona?

For starters The Obama administration just this Thursday January 14th 2016, proposed a 10-year, $4-billion push to spark the development of self-driving and connected cars, hoping to one day eliminate roadway deaths.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that a time where there are no automotive deaths is something worth pursuing.
The proposal has the support of executives from Google, Delphi, General Motors, , Ford, Tesla and Volvo who stood with Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind. After several years ‘ worth of high profile and costly recalls, civil penalties and other actions tied to high-profile investigations and safety scandals, it is no wonder that automakers are in agreement with any driverless car legislation.

One holdback to swift advancement of driverless cars is individual state laws and highway regulation. As such, Foxx wants consistent national regulations on self-driving cars. Transportation regulators will also encourage automakers to get assistance while they develop new technology in an effort to speed up the approval process.
Automakers are encouraged, for example, to use an exemption to safety standards allowing companies to test new technology on a fleet of up to 2,500 vehicles for up to two years. The NHTSA also plans to work with state governments and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators within six months to develop consistent and cohesive state regulations for autonomous vehicles. Currently, Nevada and a few other states allow testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads.

Foxx said autonomous cars and connected vehicles have the potential to ease traffic congestion, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and reduce traffic fatalities.

“If the government doesn’t change its ways, drivers in the future will not be moving on our highways, they will be crawling in traffic,” Foxx said. “So if we want to keep our economy moving and our people safe, we need to act. We’ve got to promote cleaner and better alternatives.”

The rate of traffic fatalities fell to its lowest point in history in 2014 but rose at an alarming rate over the first six months of the year, the NHTSA said in November.

In 2014, Rosekind said, 32,675 people died in motor vehicle crashes. That was a 0.1% decrease from the previous year and the lowest number since 1975, when the agency began tracking rates as a ratio to the total number of miles traveled.

Foxx said the government wants to use every tool available under current regulations to make it easier to test self-driving cars and the technology that makes them work.

Thune, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, said a hearing will be held early this year to discuss how the government can play a role in the development of automated vehicle technologies.

So how will this affect drivers in Tucson Arizona?

First of all, laws will change with regard to driving, to allow for semi autonomous cars to share the same space as cars with drivers. It will take years before all cars are fully autonomous. What will change quickly is the increase of car to car communication which will pave the way for semi and fully autonomous cars. With this technology, the cars around you can tell your car what it is doing and your car can respond accordingly. For example, if the car ahead of you is applying the brakes, your car could begin to apply the brakes as well.
As far as collision repair is concerned, there will still be collisions even with semi autonomous cars. Technology is not fool proof and there will still be collisions with thongs other than cars such as deer or other wildlife.
These new cars will be extremely technologically advanced and expensive to repair. Technicians will have to be constantly trained and very technologically advanced. Some body shops will not be able to keep up, while the rest will become very specialized.
The truth is we can’t fully predict what the future will be like for Drivers in Tucson with Fully driverless cars, We will just have to wait until the future arrives.

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