Self-driving cars were once the stuff of sci-fi films – but in recent years, inventors have proven that it can be a reality.
Experts from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers believe that autonomous vehicles could make up 75% of traffic by 2040.
But any incidents until then are going to attract a lot of attention. Here are a few that have already been reported so far…
Self-driving car gets rear-ended… by a human
According to Google – who have led the way on driverless car development – human error has been the cause of all accidents experienced by its fleet.
Back in July, a modified Lexus SUV was involved in the first Google self-driving car incident where an injury was sustained.
Three Google employees experienced whiplash after another car rear-ended them travelling at 17mph as they stopped at a red light – but that other car was actually being handled by a driver.
Driverless car ‘veers’ towards other side of the road
Tesla has been testing its own Autopilot feature – but some videos posted online appear to show them doing some potentially dangerous turns.
A Model S Tesla driver in Portland, USA, was filmed as it swerved towards oncoming traffic. Thankfully, they took control of the vehicle and avoided a collision.
But Tesla has argued that the feature is only meant for motorways – and advised drivers that they still need to keep their hands on the wheel, as the technology is very new.
"The driver cannot abdicate responsibility for driving,” the company said.
A near-miss with a granny chasing ducks
Yes, you read that right. Google’s driverless cars have so far managed to avoid pedestrians – even when they’re chasing wildfowl.
One of their cars was cruising around California when a woman in an electric wheelchair got in the way as she chased a duck.
The company made good of the incident – saying that such unexpected happenings teach its self-driving cars how to handle unpredictable road troubles.
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