Can Driverless Cars Prevent Crashes — and Save Lives? (Video)

This tech is coming sooner than you think

They don’t fold up neatly into a suitcase, but the new, driverless cars, with their rounded bodies, do look a little space age.

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Perhaps these technological marvels, equipped with automatic safety features, could prevent deaths on the road.

According to emergency medicine physician, Thomas Waters, MD, “The potential safety benefit of driverless cars is very intriguing. The potential to reduce injuries and save lives is substantial.”

Experts estimate that 94 percent of car crashes are a result of human error. In fact, automobile accidents remain a leading cause of death and disability, and there were more than 38,000 fatal car crashes in the U.S. last year.

Enter driverless cars.

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But would people trust them?

If you think the answer to this question won’t be relevant for a while, you may have to think again.

Engineers at Apple, Tesla, Ford and Uber are hard at work crafting self-piloted vehicles. It’s also possible for regular old human-operated cars to sport new collision warning systems and drowsiness alerts. Technology like this is expected to surge in 2017.

It would eliminate the problem of distracted driving, including cell phone use, Dr. Waters says.

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In this video, learn why automated car safety features and driverless capabilities are No. 5 on Cleveland Clinic’s list of top 10 medical innovations for 2017. Watch it now.


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