5 Crucial Safety Measures We Need For The Autonomous Car

5 Crucial Safety Measures We Need For The Autonomous Car


There’s no doubt that self-driving cars are the future. But like any new technology, there are a lot of questions about how autonomous vehicles will be regulated and what life will be like for us when we can get around without having to drive ourselves. One thing is clear: autonomous vehicles need to be safe if they’re going to become part of our lives. And while it’s easy to imagine that those with access to these vehicles will have safer rides than those who don’t (because they have better insurance or other safeguards), we all must work together soon so this new technology can be used safely by everyone.

A system to prevent accidents.

The autonomous vehicle (AV) industry is quickly expanding. As with any new technology, there are bound to be some hiccups along the way. However, there are also ways that AVs can prevent accidents from occurring in the first place.

Some of these safety measures include:

  • Sensors that detect objects around them and alert drivers when they’re getting too close;
  • Automatic braking systems that will apply brakes if an accident becomes imminent; and
  • Software updates that prevent hackers from accessing critical systems like steering or braking controls

A fail-safe mechanism.

In addition to having an autonomous driving system that can handle all situations, we need a fail-safe mechanism to ensure that the car does not proceed if it is unable to do so safely. For example, if there are objects in the road and it cannot drive around them or over them safely (such as small children), then the car should be able to stop and turn around until those obstacles are removed.

Additionally, when approaching an intersection with cross traffic or pedestrians crossing on foot, we need some way for autonomous vehicles’ computers systems to alert drivers before they reach those intersections so they can take control of their vehicle again if necessary.

A backup plan in case something goes wrong.

A backup plan in case something goes wrong.

In the event that your autonomous car goes haywire and starts driving itself into oncoming traffic, you’re going to want a backup plan in place. It’s important that this should be tested regularly so that it works when it needs to–and if things do go awry, then your vehicle will have no choice but to hand over control back over to its human operator without hesitation.

Regular inspections.

Regular maintenance is the most important aspect of car safety. As your car ages, it becomes more and more susceptible to breakdowns, so regular inspection and maintenance are crucial to keeping your vehicle running smoothly.

Regular inspections help you spot potential problems before they become major issues that could result in expensive repairs or even damage to other parts of your car’s bodywork. These inspections include:

  • Engine oil changes (at least once every 5,000 miles)
  • Air filter replacements (every 30k miles)
  • Transmission fluid changes (every 60k miles)
  • Brake fluid flushings/rebuilds (as needed)

Regular software updates.

A key safety measure for autonomous vehicles is regular software updates. The car manufacturer should be able to provide you with information about how to update the software on your car, and it’s important that you follow their instructions.

If you want to update the software manually (which is recommended), this can be done in two ways: by downloading and installing an update file from the manufacturer’s website, or by having them send it over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi direct into your vehicle as part of a scheduled maintenance visit. The latter method has several advantages:

  • It ensures that all vehicles are kept up-to-date with each other, so if one has been updated with new features or bug fixes but another hasn’t yet received its own update (perhaps because there was no connection available when they were both parked at home), both will have access once again once they meet up again later on down the road.*

These measures will help make sure that autonomous vehicles are safe for all of us

The autonomous car is the future of transportation. It’s a safer, more efficient and environmentally-friendly way to get around town. But before we can enjoy this new technology, there are some safety measures that need to be taken into account.

These measures will help make sure that autonomous vehicles are safe for all of us:

  • They should be able to detect other cars around them and navigate accordingly;
  • They must be able to detect pedestrians who may enter their path unexpectedly;
  • Autonomous cars should also include features like blind spot detection that would alert drivers when another vehicle is too close behind them;
  • And finally, they should have sensors on board so they can tell where they’re going at all times


We have a lot to look forward to with the autonomous car. But we also need to be realistic about what it can do and what it can’t. The most important thing is that we as consumers understand how these vehicles work, so we can make informed decisions when it comes time for us all to get behind the wheel of one ourselves!