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Automated vehicle inspections could cut accident risk

On Behalf of | Jul 29, 2021 | Car Accidents

While most New Mexico car accidents are caused by human error, some devastating crashes are caused by mechanical defects or other serious structural problems with the cars involved in the collision. Some believe that automated car and tire inspections with cameras could help prevent collisions and save lives by drawing attention to difficult-to-detect problems.

Automated inspections may highlight defects

In one survey of dealership and garage personnel, over 45% of participants said that automated systems could pinpoint serious underbody defects or tire problems more accurately than traditional manual inspection, which relies on the human eye. With better inspection procedures, car accidents caused by these defects could be prevented. Studies have shown that these camera-based, automated inspections are more effective than traditional methods in finding flaws in braking, steering and fueling systems. Most visual inspections carried out at garages and dealerships take place in less than 15 minutes and fully identify all safety concerns only 40% of the time.

Technology could improve vehicle safety

Tire checks rarely involve automated systems, and experts estimate that overall underbody or mechanical inspections may use automated devices even more infrequently. Almost 60% of tire inspections are based solely on the visual appearance of the tires, and only 6% of garages use solely automated systems. A camera-based system with extensive access to databases and machine-learning technologies can accurately assess a wide range of data, highlighting auto safety problems.

Every year, millions of collisions take place, with thousands of people losing their lives as a result. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, almost one-third of these crashes may be caused at least in part by some form of mechanical defect or failure. If you have been injured in a collision through no fault of your own, a personal injury lawyer may help you to pursue compensation for the losses that you have incurred.


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