October 25, 2016

HURRY, ROBOT OVERLORDS...:

Every day matters with driverless cars (Adam Thierer and Caleb Watney, 10/20/16, tHE hILL)

Let's face it: Humans are really, really bad at driving. Of the 35,000 lives lost every year from car fatalities, 94 percent are attributable to human error. Thousands more are injured each day, and car crashes have many other significant costs for the public.

Even more horrific, we appear to be getting worse at driving during an age of evermore distracting digital devices. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal agency that oversees auto safety, recently reported "an alarming uptick in fatalities" with a 10.4 percent increase in the number of vehicle deaths in the first half of 2016 over the previous year.

This is why driverless car technology is so exciting. Autonomous systems will take the wheel and make us much safer in the process. Put simply, robots don't get distracted, drowsy, or drunk. They don't have blind spots, and they won't text. These facts alone will result in a precipitous drop in the number of auto crashes and corresponding injuries or deaths.

Posted by at October 25, 2016 5:59 PM

  

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