Autonomous cars have been discussed widely across the country in recent years, particularly as they may help to cut down on the numbers of accidents caused by human error. A new evaluation, however, says that if three programs were installed in new autonomous cars for around $600 per vehicle, this could reduce U.S. car crash costs by more than $200 billion dollars.

That’s according to research at Carnegie Mellon University, where study managers allege that addressing some of the key causes of accidents can be accomplished with some comparatively inexpensive fixes. The advanced sensors used by these vehicles could help to prevent accidents by warning drivers about problems before the problems turn into critical crashes. These upgrades are lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and forward collision-warning systems. More than 1.3 million crashes happen every year in the U.S. and 10,000 of those lead to fatalities.

Since the first vehicle with autonomous features was involved in a fatal accident recently,the spotlight has been on manufacturers to ensure that these vehicles are safe. They are not yet available in the U.S. on a widespread basis, and it’s not even clear yet whether enough Americans trust this technology to use it, but it does appear to be the direction of the future for vehicles.

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