By B.N. Frank
From The Next Web:
Some 94% of vehicle crashes are caused by humans. This figure is often touted by autonomous vehicle developers when they try to promote the potential value in their tech. It sounds logical: remove humans and road safety will improve dramatically. However, the improvements might not be as dramatic as we’d hope for.
According to a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), only one third of vehicle accidents will be avoided if we pivot to autonomous cars or “robotaxis,” AP reports.
The main benefits of autonomous vehicles are that they can’t get drunk or sleepy and can react much faster than humans. These traits will be enough to mitigate some accidents, but totally reducing car crashes is far more challenging.
The IIHS studied over 5,000 vehicle crashes to understand their causes, the roles humans played, and simulated how autonomous cars would react in the same scenarios. It found that self-driving vehicles are good replacements for drunk people, but are not necessarily perfect replacements for sober humans.
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