The hottest new trend doesn’t bode well for the legal industry. Self-driving cars have crashed their way into our lives and will be household words sooner than you think. Testing is already underway on a large scale, and investors are hopping on board the gains train. The sector that’s going to balk to get on board will be lawyers, because self-driving vehicles herald the era of safer driving which pretty much means lesser or no accidents, low insurance rates, and a downward trend in automobile-related injuries.
Now while it might not be all sunshine and rainbows for lawyers who practice in these areas, what will happen is that lawyers will start seeking out new practice areas to supplement their existing ones. It’s the obvious choice, of course.
While the entrepreneurs in us were learning how to hone our business skills, we were kind of taken aback with this news. Self-driving cars can be split into several components with different companies vying to get a foothold into the market. What’s happening is that most people are focused on setting their sights onto the “biggest chunk” which is the car itself, followed by the “smart technology” that makes self-driving cars be self-driving cars. Smaller components aren’t getting as much attention, but ironically, it’s these small components that will essentially be “driving” the entire vehicle in the first place.
Now, you’re pretty bored at this point, but this is where it gets interesting. These tiny parts of the self-driving cars will cycle tons of data per second to relay information between a central processing server and the vehicle to ensure that every bit of data is communicated to ensure that even the smallest maneuvers can be executed. Whether it’s navigating a bend in a street, or braking safely away from an obstacle, these communication modes require a steady stream of uninterrupted data. Legal eagles can get on board to ensure the safety of the millions, if not trillions, of terabytes that flow through every second to make sure these self-driven cars run smoothly.