How safe are driverless cars? Apparently, they’re “pretty darn safe.” Waymo, formerly called Google’s Self Driving Car program, has logged over two million miles on U.S. streets, yet has only had one accident where it was at fault. This makes its cars the lowest at-fault rate of any driver class on the road by far. The only problem is: Waymo’s cars have a knack for getting hit by human drivers, and even though most are fender-benders, the Waymo accident rate is higher than the accident rate of most experienced drivers. So, will driverless cars make for safer roads?
Sticklers For Traffic Law
Driverless cars adhere closely to traffic law, but since human drivers are not used to such lawful behavior, this could possibly lead to a higher rate of rear-end collisions.
Adverse Weather Conditions
Adverse weather conditions can create serious challenges for the navigation and vision-based detection systems of driverless cars and make it impossible for them to operate under some circumstances.
Driverless technologies are developed through machine learning, in which a program changes in response to the introduction of new data, rather than using a preset list of programmed “if-then” commands.
Instantaneous, Life-And-Death Decisions
There are questions regarding whether a computer is capable of making the kind of instantaneous, life-and-death decisions that are necessary during highway driving.
Lacking extensive data, it may be impossible to estimate just how safe driverless cars are in comparison to human-operated cars, but technology does offer the potential to improve our safety.
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