Kentucky drivers will soon be driving smarter cars if new vehicle technologies continue to develop at their current pace. Companies like Google and Tesla have been at the leading edge of self-driving vehicle research, but the process has not been without its problems. Meanwhile, carmakers are focused on catering to an older generation of drivers as the first of the Baby Boomers are turning 70.

The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that there will be around 54 million people at or over the age of 70 in the United States by the year 2030. Based on trends, approximately 80 percent of that group is expected to maintain drivers licenses. That percentage could grow even higher as technology allows people to drive safely later and later in life.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology conducted a survey in conjunction with motor vehicle insurer The Hartford and reported that safety technology will be a key buying consideration for 75 percent of drivers over the age of 50 who plan to buy a car in the coming two years. Only 33 percent of such drivers felt safety technology was a major buying point during the previous two years.

As self-driving technologies become more prominent, it is inevitable that drivers will be injured in car accidents involving autopilot and other new motor vehicle features. Individuals who have been injured in car accidents may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages or other damages. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may be able to help injured parties by gathering medical records and other documentary evidence for use at trial or by negotiating a settlement with the at-fault parties and their insurers.