Each year across the U.S. an estimated 30,000 men, women and children are killed in car, motorcycle and truck accidents and many thousands more are seriously injured. For years, highway safety officials have focused on finding ways to prevent car accidents while car manufacturers have largely focused on developing safety features to reduce the likelihood of serious injury or death if a driver is involved in an accident. Additionally, federal agencies have worked to pass laws aimed to reduce dangerous driving behaviors and mandate the use of safety features like seatbelts.
Throughout the years, these strategies have been somewhat effective in helping reduce the number of serious and fatal car accidents. However, one serious car accident-related injury or death is still one too many. Enter Google's self-driving car and what may be the solution to America's car accident conundrum.