As self-driving cars become more and more common, there is no question that they will eventually become the norm. When they do, will we start to see backup drivers become a valid career? Their job is to stop car accidents, but can they? Keep reading for the interesting facts about these jobs, and then contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 if you have been in a car accident and require a free legal consultation.
The In-Vehicle Fallback Test Driver
The in-vehicle fallback test driver, often referred to as the IFTD, is being used as part of testing for autonomous vehicles. They are there to intervene in the event that something happens, but of course, they cannot guarantee the safety or prevent all car, motorcycle, or pedestrian accidents from occurring.
IFTD Positions Are Not as Easy as Many People Assume They Will Be
Unfortunately, some people assume that these are simple, easy jobs that bring in easy money. Why? Because they only have to act if necessary. However, these newer vehicles generally have all types of bells and whistles. While they are designed to make the driving experience better, the truth is that once an IFTD has sat in a car and done nothing for hours, they can become bored and have a hard time staying focused.
It is Hard to Prove that IFTD Jobs Are Necessary
Another interesting factor in whether or not these jobs will continue to be offered is the fact that it can be difficult to prove that they are needed. If the IFTD does not intervene and an accident occurs, there is no way to know for sure that the accident would not have occurred if the IFTD did act. On the other hand, if the IFTD does intervene, it is impossible to prove that an accident would have occurred if they had not intervened.
IFTD Jobs Do Not Pay Well
These positions are essential in the process of testing how safe self-driving cars are, but in most cases, the only requirements are that they have a valid driver’s license. The pay is not good, with most drivers making nothing more than minimum wage. This means that drivers are likely to be working several jobs. When you consider that their IFTD job requires them to “drive” for as long as ten hours per day and that they are then going to a second job, it is easy to imagine that they could easily become distracted and/or drowsy while driving.
There are many questions about the future of self-driving vehicles. At Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre, we keep an eye on the changing laws around these vehicles. If you have been injured in any type of vehicle accident in which someone else was at fault, contact us at 800-572-1252 for a free legal consultation.