Uber Driverless Car Experiment in Pittsburgh May Not Be Going As Planned – Today’s guest blog is by Goodrich and Associates, P.C. in Pittsburgh, PA.
Uber Driverless Car Experiment
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania. When Pittsburgh opened its doors to Uber, permitting the company to test its driverless cars in the city; the company allegedly made some promises to bring in new jobs and to provide federal grant support. While some may have worried that the driverless vehicles could potentially pose a risk to public safety; the city ultimately decided that the benefits that Uber had promised the city outweighed the potential risks.
Now, critics of Uber claim that the company failed to follow through on promises it made to Pittsburgh. According to Engadget, while the Uber experiment with self-driving cars has been relatively safe, there have been some reports of wrong-way driving incidents. Incidents in other cities have raised concerns. After a crash in Tempe, Arizona, Uber had to stop its driverless vehicle program in the city. Other critics of Uber claim that the driverless cars and ride-sharing service could potentially result in the city losing revenue; as fewer people own cars and pay the city’s parking fees.
According to the New York Times, Uber has failed to live up to its end of the bargain. Initially, it told the city that driverless car rides would be free, but it has been charging for rides. The city also claims that it did not receive support for a $50 million federal grant Uber had initially supported. In another instance, Uber opened a driverless vehicle testing track and told the city it would hire workers from the neighborhood. Yet, no workers from the neighborhood have been hired as of yet, underscoring the city’s criticisms of the company.
Uber Driverless Car Experiment
The situation in Pittsburgh may serve as a warning for cities who are considering opening their roads to other companies who want to test driverless technology. At the forefront of this debate are the public’s safety and the question of whether a company’s interests in profit and the promise of a few jobs may be leading city leaders to make decisions that could put drivers and the public at risk.
Driverless cars also pose other unique challenges for cities. How will the cities enforce traffic safety in accidents involving driverless cars? How will companies be held liable when their vehicles are involved in accidents? For personal injury lawyers like Goodrich and Associates, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, driverless car technology is a new frontier where precedents will likely be set as litigation arises. Already, America has seen its first driverless vehicle fatality, but this was an incident in which a vehicle’s autonomous functions were used incorrectly. What will happen when a driverless car authorized to share the road is involved in a deadly accident? Only time will tell, but for qualified car accident attorneys, this will be an area where close attention is deserved.
If you have been injured in a car accident, it may be wise to seek the representation of a skilled lawyer. Visit www.goodrichpc.com for the latest in traffic and personal injury law.