Google Self-Driving Cars Will Kill Personal Injury and DWI Lawyers

by Fred Abramson on October 16, 2012 · 3 comments

Since I was a boy, I always loved cars. My first sentence was “look at the car.”  My affair with cars carried on to my teens, listening to Springsteen and Thunder Road, the car a place where anything is possible… adventure.

I am also keenly aware that automobiles are dangerous. We all feel safe when driving. However, motor vehicle crashes—not crime or terrorism—are the number one killer of healthy US citizens traveling in foreign countries.

We all know drinking and driving is an enormous problem.  I first became aware of alcohol as a vice while at Wheatley High School, in Old Westbury, NY. I remember observing all those synthetic Mothers Against Drunk Driving a/k/a MADD t-shirts during the Reagan years. All in a hopeless effort to try to persuade us from drinking too many Piel’s at a house party before getting behind the wheel of your beat up Toyota Celica.

Now we observe soccer mom’s gabbing away on their iPhones while accidentally rear ending BMW’s.  Let’s face the facts, car accidents  are costly. Guess what? Our huge motor vehicle accident problem is about to be solved by Google.

I think Shakespeare said “kill all the lawyers.”  Google is about to kill all of the  ambulance chasers. It’s Trojan horse: self driving cars.

Google has been working on self-driving cars as a side project for years. The great state of California is that latest to legalize self-driving cars.  So far, the cars have racked up more than 300,000 driving miles, and 50,000 of those miles were without any intervention from the human drivers, Google says. According to CNN, there have been no accidents while the cars were controlled by the computer. The only documented accident with one of the Google vehicles was a fender bender that took place while a human was in control.

Little tipsy after your fourth Glenfiddich, let Google drive you home. Bye DWI attorneys.

Distracted driving will be a thing of the past. You will be able to conduct a bit of quick research for work using  Google on your Android while your Google self-driving car drives you to the Supermarket.  That fender bender will be avoided. Bye accident chasers. Bye ambulance chaser commercials.

With no accidents, consumers will win big. Remove that hefty car insurance premium bill from your automatic deductions. If I were Warren Buffet I would sell Geico to the Chinese.

You friendly Hunt’s Point body shop… gone. With no more accidents, no need for new fenders.  Auto body part suppliers… gone.

Look out, Google’s self-driving cars are about to cause a major disruption.

What do you think? Will Google kill all of the lawyers? What other fields do you think will be disrupted? Do you think American’s will be so willing to give up driving cars?

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Thylawyer October 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Getting around all your grammatical errors, Google’s self-driving car may actually provide lawyers with a lot of cases against Google, a much deeper pocket than most PI defendants.  Since Google isn’t letting us know how this self-driving is accomplished, we really can’t assess how easily it can be repurposed to cause an accident. Or what may cause a really bad traffic situation, like 4 self-driving cars coming to a 4-way intersection from each direction. Do they all stop to let the other car(s) go?  

RK November 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm

“Google’s engineers tweak that intelligence based on the driving
experience of the test cars. Safely coping with four-way-stop
intersections was really difficult, Mr. Levandowski said, because a
certain amount of assertiveness — moving into the intersection slightly
to see how other cars react — is required. “We realized there’s subtle communication that goes on,” he said. “Once
we’ve come to a stop, we inch forward a bit to signal, hey, we’re ready
to go.” A self-driving car that did not assert itself might wind up
sitting at the intersection for a long time as other cars passed on
On the other hand, dedicated short range communications could avoid the need for stopping:

Justin Gaberial July 18, 2013 at 5:25 am

The lawyers are supposed to be expert in the field of law as they have to provide the best services.
The lawyers are supposed to be expert in the field of law as they have to provide the best services.

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