Yes, that is right. Your car could potentially be a secret agent. And what is the job of this secret agent? Preventing automobile accidents and saving people in the case of a car accident. Now, you might be thinking to yourself, how can my car be a secret agent? Well, it is not just your car. It does not require special status like admission into the the movie “Men in Black.”
But every car can be one. They could, in the near future, be reporting vital data to snowplows, road repair crews, medical emergency helicopter pilots, ambulance drivers, police officers, etcetera. As car accident lawyers, we believe it will be a whole network of motor vehicles communicating with each other, serving and protecting their owners’ lives. We believe that this system would be protecting the most valuable thing in this world, human lives.
This information was adapted from GPS (Global Positioning System) technology, which has been used for navigating cars from their current location to a specified destination. Engineers thought that if cars could report their current location, then the rest would be easy via satellite transmissions. Sensors connected to this entire network of motor vehicles could be attached to various parts on the car, including the anti-skid system.
Attaching sensors to anti-skid systems on a car could potentially detect an icy road after snowfall. Anti-skid systems activate when a car “slips.” One car’s anti-skid system activating could just be a reckless or inexperienced car driver. But when several cars’ anti-skid systems activate around the same stretch of road, the government could send a salt truck out to that area to de-ice what is most likely an icy road. This could easily prevent further icing and an accident in the waiting due to slippery roads.
Motor vehicles also have airbag detection systems, where the amount of shock a car or its suspension system receives is registered. A GPS sensor connected to this system could detect small bumps or cracks in the road, so that it could be fixed before it becomes a pothole. The bigger the hole, the more dangerous it is, and the more car accident prone it becomes.
And most of all, in the rare case that an automobile accident does occur, the detection of airbag deployment or other shock systems in cars could send information to the appropriate emergency agency. General Motors has already started a simplified system of this, so the technology cannot be too far in the future. General Motors installs a system called OnStar in their motor vehicles. When the airbag is deployed, OnStar asks, “Do you need help?” Then based on whether the driver says “yes”, “no”, or no response is heard, the appropriate actions could be taken. And remember, the potential car system has a GPS pinpoint technology, so rescue helicopters, ambulances, and police cars could get to the exact location as soon as possible.
All this seems like an amazing system, and the technology is in the near future, so what is holding authorities back on these systems? Apparently, setting up these systems would take a lot of money, and so would maintaining the systems. According to car experts, this is estimated to cost about $200-$400 per motor vehicle per year, and that may be more than car drivers are willing to pay. As car accident attorneys, we believe that these systems are really effective, and that nothing is more important that human life. As car accident lawyers, we have unfortunately witnessed first-hand cases where grief over lost loved ones is irreparable. So, our law firm strongly supports further development of this cutting-edge safety technology.
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