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Growth in tracking technology in motor vehicles

Texas residents may be interested to learn that increasingly, car manufacturers are installing technology that tracks what drivers are doing. Most newer cars have data recorders similar to the black boxes on planes, and the use of the Internet to send that information is becoming more common as well. While only about 25 percent of cars have that capability, it is expected that by 2020, 9 out of 10 cars will be so equipped.

Tesla has one of the most advanced systems in its vehicles. In June 2016, a person who drove a Tesla Model X SUV into a building said that the car had sped up on its own. However, data received by the company showed that pressure increased suddenly on the accelerator, and this was the cause of the accident.

As the amount of tracking done by all car companies increases, automakers might expand into offering insurance. Increasingly, discounts are already available for motorists who allow more information about their driving to be transmitted. However, the growth of this kind of monitoring could have implications for drivers and car manufacturers alike. Drivers may dislike what they see as an invasion of privacy. Manufacturers might receive requests from law enforcement about aiding in investigations.

While driving and accident scenarios are likely to change a good deal in the years ahead with this rapidly changing technology, car accidents remain a frequent cause of injury and death in the present. The inattention of another driver due to drowsiness, cellphone use, impairment or for other reasons can result in an accident that seriously injures passengers and other drivers. A person who is injured in such an accident and who is subsequently offered insufficient compensation from the at-fault motorist's insurance company might want to speak to an attorney about filing a lawsuit against the negligent driver.

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