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Potential drawbacks of self-driving cars

There are a number of potential benefits associated with cars that are driven by computer software instead of people. Human beings are subject to distraction while driving, and lack of sleep may also negatively affect their ability to drive in a safe manner. Computers, of course, are not subject to these issues, which is why it is expected that an increase in self-driving cars will reduce the number of automobile accidents in New York and around the country.

Although self-driving cars will likely make the road safer in a number of ways, there are a few potential drawbacks to these types of vehicles. For one thing, most computer systems are susceptible to being hacked.

Additionally, it could be easier for car thieves to steal vehicles. Instead of having to physically break into a vehicle, thieves could have automobiles drive to where they are. Once a car's computer system had been overridden so that it would pilot the vehicle to a car thief's location, it would also allow the car thief to unlock the vehicle. To help protect people from these scenarios, software developers will need to constantly update software to keep hackers out.

Receiving appropriate compensation after a car accident is very important no matter who or what caused it. People often have a range of expenses after being in a collision, and they can include vehicle repairs, car rental, medical bills and lost wages. In many cases, the cost of repairing a vehicle or treating injuries can exceed expectations. Therefore, people may benefit from having a lawyer assist them in determining an appropriate amount for a payment from an insurance company to cover their crash-related expenses.

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