Tesla Turn Signal Solves Who’s At Fault

Tesla Turn Signal Solves Who’s At Fault

A Tesla turn signal may solve the issue of fault for the inevitable driverless car accidents to come. Say you’re in an autonomous vehicle that makes a turn and collides with another autonomous vehicle. How can you tell which driver is “at fault” where both cars were being operated by a computer? We’ve already talked about how this issue may well disrupt the auto insurance industry, but given that Tesla Motors may soon be including semi-autonomous features in its vehicles, it is not surprise that they’ve come up with a possible solution. Dubbed the “Tesla turn signal,” it would requires a driver to depress a signal before the car would execute a turn or pass another vehicle, making sure that a motorist actually thinks about the maneuver before the car does it. This kind of driver involvement would supposedly allow the insurance industry to assign fault in the event of a...
Self-driving Cars Set to Lower Insurance Rates

Self-driving Cars Set to Lower Insurance Rates

Self-driving cars are becoming more acceptable to American motorists, according to a survey last October of 1,500 U.S. drivers. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed said it was “likely” or “very likely” they would buy a semi-autonomous vehicle for some of their driving. It has already been documented that self-driving cars will lower insurance rates, in much the way as having anti-lock brakes or being an accident-free driver. What was surprising in this survey was that the expectation of lower insurance premiums was the principal reason the drivers gave for purchasing a self-driving...