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This California city plans to welcome self-driving autos

Every day, technology companies around the world are working on perfecting the self-driving car. Here in California, Google is currently testing its version of this technology. If Google and its competitors are successful, automated vehicles will revolutionize personal transportation.

Without humans behind the wheel, common dangers like drunk driving distracted driving and road rage will virtually disappear. On the other hand, cities will have to make changes to their ordinances and how their roads are organized to adjust.

Here in Southern California, Beverly Hills is not waiting for the first self-driving cars to roll off the assembly line. NPR reports that the city recently passed a resolution committing itself to developing an autonomous vehicle program.

In an interview, Mayor John Mirisch explained that Beverly Hills was looking for a system to get residents to and from the subway station that the city is expecting to be built about eight to 10 years from now. Mirisch sees self-driving vehicles as "the most efficient and best way" of transporting people not within walking distance of the future station.

Despite occasional reports of crashes involving Google test cars, Mirisch is confident that autonomous vehicles will be safer than human-driven cars.

Indeed, a society that uses self-driving cars would seem to be a safer place to live, because we would not have to depend on all-too-fallible human drivers to take our personal safety seriously.

But until that technology is ready, you are still at risk of getting hit by a bad driver someday. If that happens, or has happened, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help your pursue the compensation you deserve.

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