for Vehicle Safety
Fatal Self-Driving Vehicle Incident in Arizona Underscores Need for National Effort to Implement Advanced Safety Technology
Critics of autonomy will likely use the Uber accident to argue that self-driving cars are too dangerous, but the incident reflects the need for continued public testing to perfect the technology.
The biggest impacts in AV innovation may well be experienced by the six million disabled people in the U.S. who have difficulty accessing the transportation they need every day.
An expert commission has been established by Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) that will recommend best practices for testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles.
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.
NHTSA's recent numbers showing a rise in traffic fatalities, along with the recent crash of a Tesla vehicle that was using a semi-autonomous feature, underscore the need for a balanced regulatory approach to bring about the full safety benefits of self-driving technology.
In SAFE’s view, not only will the car of the future not run on oil, it will likely be shared, autonomous, incredibly safe, highly efficient, and better in almost every way than our current transportation system—a vision that the private sector is striving to achieve, but will only be possible with the cooperation of policymakers.
Although vehicle safety has improved a good bit over the decades, there are still too many accidents, most of which are caused by human error. But autonomous technology is set to be so disruptive that it will take the driver out of the equation and redefine mobility and safety.
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.