We likely do not need to observe AVs for billions of miles to assure us that they are less likely to get into fatal crashes.
From medicines to financial institutions, gaining public acceptance through safety assurance is critical. Responsible technology developers must learn to do the same for autonomous vehicles.
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Industry and government often find themselves in a somewhat counterproductive relationship in which companies aggressively oppose regulations. However, given the newness and many uncertainties around driverless car technology, the need for policy at the federal level has become clear.
Transportation services like Uber and Lyft are already reducing the number of deaths from drunk driving. Autonomous vehicles can accelerate this trend, and benefit the food and beverage industries in the process.
The goal is not to deploy too soon. Instead, it is to be prepared to deploy as soon as possible after the technology is deemed ready.
In the U.S. alone, vehicular accidents have killed more than 32,000 people annually for the past five years for which data is available. That’s as if five 737 jets crashed every week. It is more than double the number of people who have died worldwide in the recent Ebola epidemic.
As distracted driving accounts for an increasing number of accidents, the arrival of fully-autonomous vehicles can’t come soon enough. But there’s a catch: Improper deployment of partially-autonomous vehicles to motorists who are already less focused on the road could have disastrous consequences.
Ten startups competed for first place in a competition to present the most exciting innovation in connected cars, personal transportation, and safety.
A BNSF train derailment and oil spill in northeastern Montana last week brought to light once again the inherent risks in transporting crude throughout the country.