How safe is ‘safe enough’ to put driverless cars on the nation’s roadways?

Mon, 12/11/2017

Thoughts from AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer appear in a Washington Post article on the barriers to public acceptance of autonomous vehicles:

"As fully autonomous cars become a reality, there will be collisions between them, and there will be collisions with conventional cars. Fewer than before? Yes, but there will be crashes nevertheless.

The speed with which driverless cars are accepted by the public may well be determined by this question: How safe is safe enough?

'Is ‘safe enough’ 10 percent safer than where we are by manually driving?' said Bryan Reimer, associate director of the transportation center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 'One thing that I think is really going to limit our ability to see this technology proliferate is a societal acceptance on the definition of what is safe enough.'

Read the full story here.


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