In the state of Arizona alone, there are approximately 100,000 car wrecks reported each year. 94% of these accidents share a common trait: human error.
The most common mistake drivers make is giving in to distractions, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Self-driving cars are gearing up to change the way we commute and were manufactured to take care of this very problem. However, little to no rules exist to regulate such technology.
Reported by Phoenix New Times, Waymo, formerly known as the Google Self-Driving Car Project, stated that self-driving cars are going full speed ahead in metropolitan areas of Phoenix.
After a 10-year trial period where human drivers would co-pilot the technology, Waymo now plans to do away with flesh and blood drivers altogether.
Locals, however, have expressed concerns about liability.
For example, if a self-driving car crashes, who would be responsible in the eyes of the law?
No authoritative boards have given a definitive or logical answer to this question, including the Governor, the Chandler Police Department, the Department of Transportation, or even the carmakers themselves.
When asked, Waymo said that the company is fully insured and would assume all liabilities during the testing stages.
The Chandler police department is being cautiously optimistic about autonomous vehicles and is willing to adapt if this shifting trend becomes a mainstay.