Dean Standish Perkins & Associates - Personal Injury


PLEASE NOTE: To protect your safety in response to the threats of COVID-19, we are offering our clients the ability to meet with us in person, via telephone or through video conferencing. Please call our office to discuss your options

Helping People Through Difficult Personal Injury Matters For More Than 30 Years

Automated vehicle levels and safety

by | Sep 6, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Most residents in Washington State have likely heard a lot of talk or read many articles about the emergence of autonomous vehicles. They may not be aware that they have even seen vehicles on the road with some levels of autonomous capability. This is due, in part, to the fact that there are multiple levels of autonomy and some still require the involvement of human drivers. While these vehicles are touted as a means to improve safety on the road, that may not be as straightforward as it sounds and the different levels of autonomy may contribute to that.

As explained by Consumer Reports, autonomy in vehicles is ranked from level 0 to level 5 with only the latter being completely able to operate with no human interaction in any situation, on any road or highway. Many new cars identified as level 1 vehicles today feature things like adaptive cruise control. More advanced autonomous driving systems, like those in some Teslas, are generally level 2.

At level 2, a human driver is supposed to remain fully aware at all times. This is because the computer may transfer control to the human at any time with little to no advance warning. This might be contrary to what some people expect when putting a vehicle in an autopilot mode, causing them to believe they can daydream, read or engage in other activities when the autonomous system is in control. highlights this as a key risk of these systems. Another concern with newer vehicles is the dramatic change in the nature of the interface via which drivers engage with vehicles. Computer screens have replaced what most drivers know, forcing them to relearn how to interact with a vehicle.




  • America first | Dean Standish Perkins
  • Super Lawyer | Dean Standish Perkins
  • Stan Perkins received the APEX award for Legal Innovation by the Washington State Bar Association
  • America jurist Institute | Top 10 Attorneys
  • Top 10 Attorneys | America jurist Institute | 2017
  • Top one - NADC
  • 2018 Top 100 Lawyer | ASLA
  • AVVO Rating | 10 Superb | Top Attorney
  • AVVO | Clients Choice Award 2017 | Dean Standish Perkins
  • Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Seattle