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Why we are NOT ready for self-driving cars.
Mon Dec 4, 2017 8:32am
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It is a matter of statistics. Rates of auto fatalities in the USA have fallen dramatically in the past half-century. These days, the rate is about one person killed per one hundred million vehicle miles. No, that is not a misprint, see https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/usdot-releases-2016-fatal-traffic-crash-data for supporting data. "a fatality rate of 1.18 deaths per 100 million VMT"

So far, with admittedly limited testing, the rate of fatalities in self driving cars is one person killed per on hundred thousand vehicle miles. This is a factor of a THOUSAND. In 2016, 37,461 people were killed (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_motor_vehicle_deaths_in_U.S._by_year )

At that rate of fatalities today, if we all had self-driving cars ,then there would be thirty-seven million people killed each year. That is more than one-tenth of the population. It would be like a hundred nuclear bombs going off in the USA each year. We cannot possibly accept that level of horror.

People may be lousy drivers, but to really screw things up, we will need computers controlling our cars.

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