This month, a speeding car killed a young child at North Florida Avenue and 109th Avenue. Four days later, a pileup involving four vehicles on U.S. Highway 19 left an elderly couple dead. Not even two days passed before there was another fatal accident in Tampa Bay, this one in the 3700 block of Lowry Court.

Throughout Tampa Bay — and the United States as a whole — car accident deaths and injuries are all too common. The National Safety Council estimates there were 32,200 deaths on American roads last year. According to their studies, human error is to blame for many of these accidents.

There are many ways to curb the effect of human errors. These include driver education campaigns, law enforcement crackdowns, and improved vehicle safety features. But what if human error was removed from the equation entirely?

Florida governor impressed at Tampa test track

On July 28th, the Selmon Expressway reversible express lanes were closed. Instead, they were used as test tracks for a new automated car from Audi, a German automobile manufacturer. Their newest product, the Audi A7, drives itself at up to 40 miles per hour, and is capable of changing lanes and speeds to account for the flow of traffic. It does all this without driver input!

The new technology does not rely on GPS, but instead utilizes an onboard computer, which has more than 20 sensors and cameras to gather and translate data for steering, breaking, and other vehicle system. According to engineers, the computerized system reacts faster than any human. If this is true, it will greatly cut down on human error-related accidents.

Florida Governor Rick Scott tried the car out, calling  it a “smooth ride.” Tampa is one of 10 test locations. Only two other states have welcomed this kind of testing.

Automated driving technology is not perfect. The Audi a7 only drives itself at slow speed. The driver must be ready to retake control within 10 seconds of notification. Plus, the technology will not be available for road use for another five years. But while there are some issues, it does show great potential for reducing the number of serious injuries and deaths on Florida roads.

Contact a Tampa attorney to explore legal remedies in the wake of a car accident

Since automated driving technology is not available to the public, we can expect that driver error accidents will continue to occur. If you are harmed in a car accident, or lose a loved one, legal recovery is one remedy to address the effects of the crash. Talk to a Tampa car accident attorney for more details.